At Paris Air Show Airbus announced plans to closey cooperate with innovative technology players like start-ups, SMEs and research institutes especially in the software domain, to especially address the German French Future Combat Air System (FCAS) programme. Over the course of Paris Air Show Airbus is hosting special pitching sessions for selected European startups.
“Artificial Intelligence, Data Analytics and Cyber Security have become an integral part of Defence and will be paramount for FCAS,” said Bruno Fichefeux, Head of FCAS at Airbus. “By cooperating with innovative players like start-ups, research institutes and others, we can make sure that we are at the cutting edge of development and bring fresh ideas and approaches to the table. This is a great example of how much we are pushing the boundaries of what is possible for major industry projects.”
Airbus has also begun scouting for suitable partners making use of its internal initiatives such as Airbus BizLab and Airbus Ventures. This dedicated initiative complements the development model for FCAS and demonstrates Airbus’ position as an innovation leader in the defense domain.
Other companies have also joined forces to address this major military project. AUTOFLUG and Rafaut signed an agreement to join forces on the FCAS programme at the Paris Air Show. “FCAS is such a huge and important programme that will drive and set the standards of the European aviation industry for the next decades. As we plan to be part of it, it is only logical to look out for a strong partner in France. One of AUTOFLUG’s main assets to fighter aircraft are rescue and safety systems such as the ejection seat or fuel management systems. The expertise of both our companies will be the basis for joint developments, production as well as services to the new fighter within the FCAS programme,” said Martin Kroell, managing director of AUTOFLUG.
Diehl Defence is also showing a possible contribution to FCAS programme. Diehl will accompany system leader Airbus Defense and Space during the two-year joint concept phase and contribute its recognized expertise in the field of avionics (cockpit, integrated modular avionics, avionics and mission computing platforms, flight control) as well as armament, self-protection, and multispectral sensors. Diehl is a long-established first-tier supplier in the civil and military aviation industry for avionics products, cabin management systems, smoke detection and fire fighting components and cabin lighting as well as for guided missiles, ammunition, training and self-protection systems and other products. Visitors to the booth in Le Bourget can look at a cabin study on the SYLVIA concept cabin layout as well as exhibits on cabin management systems and avionics components. Numerous exhibits from the missiles portfolio and ground-based air defence are also on display.