According to a press release from the Italian General Secretariat of Defence and National Armaments Directorate and the UK MoD, the two nations have reached a collaboration agreement in the scope of the Future Combat Air System (FCAS) programme involving Leonardo and BAE Systems.
The companies of the two countries want to identify shared areas of collaboration performing joint analysis on activities of mutual interest. In the same context Leonardo’s Italian and UK electronic businesses and Elettronica SpA are reported to be developing demonstration activities on advanced sensors and systems
The FCAS programme is to develop a technologically advanced multi-domains system of systems with a 6th generation core platform replacing the EUROFIGHTER fleet starting from 2035. The collaboration between Leonardo and BAE Systems is to focus on the application of Model Based System Engineering (MBSE) design methodologies and the joint development of enabling technologies for the national sovereignty of the future system.
Furthermore, in line with this strategy, Leonardo’s Italian and UK electronic businesses and Elettronica SpA are reported to have reached an agreement to collaborate in the sensors and communications area to support the technological development of the FCAS project