By Pierre Bertrand


Airbus SE, Indra Sistemas SA, Dassault Aviation SA and Eumet GmbH said on Friday that they and their industry partners have been awarded a 3.2 billion euro ($3.40 billion) defense contract by the French General Directorate for Armament on behalf of the governments of France, Spain and Germany to continue working on Europe's Future Combat Air System.

The Demonstrator Phase 1B contract will cover demonstration work of the new combat system and its components for a duration of about three and half years, the aviation and defense companies said in a joint statement.

Phase 1B is designed to enable the development phase of the FCAS and will build on designs and technologies ahead of in-flight demonstrations by 2028 and 2029, the companies said.

The FCAS is intended to be Europe's next-generation integrated defense system. It encompasses the development of future fighters, unmanned planes and combat cloud systems.


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(END) Dow Jones Newswires

December 16, 2022 08:58 ET (13:58 GMT)

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