The sensor network, known as NSDAD, will provide next-generation weapon system assets with a leverage effect to achieve their mission objectives.

Indra, the Spanish company that coordinates the Future Combat Air System (FCAS), has partnered with the German FCMS and the French Thales to start the next phase of designing a suite of sensors, defensive aids, and network attack systems and distributed.

France, Germany, and Spain, all members of the FCAS, have given primary responsibility for designing the suite of sensors that will be installed in the Next Generation Fighter (NGF) and Remote Carriers platforms to Indra, with FCMS and Thales as major partners ( CR).

The project aims to standardize the specification and design of a networked sensor suite, as well as the fundamental elements and building blocks of radio frequency (RF) sensors and optronics for NGF and different RC types.

In 2020, FMCS, Indra, and Thales were chosen to develop the sensor suite for FCAS.

With a collaborative architecture of systems and services, the NSDAD suite will enhance the contribution of sensors, situational awareness, firepower, and survivability. The start of Phase 1B activities represents a milestone in the joint commitment of FCMS, Indra, and Thales to develop the innovative NSDAD vision for the future NGWS.

The development phase will start in 2028 and will support the initial operational capability (IOC) of the NGWS in 2040.

Indra’s involvement in the European Defense Program (Next Generation Weapon System/Future Combat Air System) was solidified in February 2019 when the company formally joined the project to carry out the Joint Concept Study initiated by France and Germany.

Indra signed a contractual amendment that placed the Spanish company as the contractor of the Joint Concept Study, together with the national coordinators of France (Dassault) and Germany (Airbus).

Dassault, Airbus, and their partners won the FCAS Phase 1A contract. A consortium consisting of Dassault Aviation, Airbus, and other partners has been awarded the initial framework contract (Phase 1A) to develop a next-generation combat aircraft. The NGF is the core element of the FCAS.

Coincidentally, the UK, Japan, and Italy are collaborating on their next-generation fighter jet with their Global Combat Air Program (GCAP). FCAS faces stiff competition from GCAP in a subtle race where military triads battle to win the best of the new generation fighters.