Powering the future

A stealthy tactical fast jet that is networked, able to collaborate with autonomous unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), as well as being interoperable with other space, air, ground and naval assets, is a vision for the Franco-German-Spanish Future Combat Air System (FCAS) project

In effect, FCAS is a system of systems – according to one of its prime contractors, Dassault Aviation – combining a wide range of connected elements operating jointly. The central element is the FCAS fighter aircraft, which is called the Next Generation Fighter (NGF) – early concepts of which had tailless designs but now appear to have incorporated twin tails, similar to the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor and the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II.

Dassault Aviation and Airbus unveiled a mockup of New Generation Weapon System fighter at 2019 Paris Airshow, with the eventual aircraft requiring a new type of propulsion system Airbus


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