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One of the most complex technological challenges for the Franco-German Future Combat Air System (FCAS) initiative will be in the field of networked operations via sensors and effectors.

To effectively address technological and programmatic challenges in an international programme, German based companies, Diehl Defence, ESG, Hensoldt and Rohde & Schwarz joined forces to form the German Future Combat Mission System (FCMS) Consortium, with the aim to assume joint responsibility for networked operations of sensors and effectors within the FCAS network, in close industrial cooperation with weapon system companies and the relevant electronics companies of the participating nations.

This will consolidate the strong key technologies in German industry. Providing, in addition, a sound basis for the future development of flexible and powerful sensor/effector composite solutions for current and future weapon systems of the European Air Forces.

Hensoldt is convinced that the combination of the outstanding individual competences in the areas of sensors, effectors, communication and mission systems within this consortium will provide valuable contributions to fulfil the operational needs of the FCAS programme on sensor/effector mission system level. We are very proud to be the lead party of the FCMS consortium and as such represent a strong german player with the capability to design, develop and integrate the sensor/effector network system in strong co-operation with the relevant industry of the participating nations,” said Celia Pelaz, Head of Spectrum Dominance and Airborne Solutions at Hensoldt.

Diehl Defence delivers high-tech equiment for defence and is a global technology leader in the development and production of guided missiles and ammunition for armies, air forces and navies. ESG is one of the leading German providers of design, integration and operation of complex, security-related electronic and IT systems. Hensoldt is a pioneer of technology and innovation in the area of defence and security electronics. The Rohde & Schwarz technology group develops, produces and markets innovative communications, information and security products for professional users. The group's test and measurement, broadcast and media, aerospace defence, security, networks and cybersecurity business fields address many different industry and government-sector market segments. The company has its headquarters in Munich, Germany. Internationally, it has subsidiaries in more than 70 countries, with regional hubs in Asia and America.

(From left ) Hartmut Jaeschke, Senior Vice President Sales & Projects, Rohde & Schwarz; Helmut Rauch, Member of the Board, Diehl Defence; Celia Pelaz, Head of Spectrum Dominance & Airborne Solutions, Hensoldt; and Kai Horten, CEO, ESG Elektroniksystem- und Logistik-GmbH. (Photo: Hensoldt)

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