Future Combat Air System

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Dassault FCAS
(Future Combat Air System)
SCAF - Le Bourget 2019 2.jpg
Mock-up at the 2019 Paris Air Show
Role Sixth-generation jet fighter
National origin France, Germany, Spain
Introduction Planned for 2040
Status Under Development

The Future Offensive Air System was a study to replace the Royal Air Force's strike capability, at the time provided by the Tornado GR4. Initial operational capability was expected around 2017. The FOAS was cancelled in June 2005[1] and was replaced by the Deep and Persistent Offensive Capability (DPOC) requirement, which was itself cancelled in the 2010 Strategic Defence and Security Review.

In 2012 France signed a memorandum of understanding to join the RAF's latest programme for an unmanned Future Combat Air System (FCAS), which will build upon the BAE Systems Taranis and Dassault nEURON demonstrators.

Under the terms of an Anglo-French development contract announced in 2014, parts from the Taranis will be combined with the Dassault nEUROn in a joint European UCAV.[2]

At the 2018 ILA Berlin Air Show, Dassault Aviation and Airbus announced an agreement to cooperate on the development of a stealth fighter jet as a replacement for French Rafale, German Eurofighter and Spanish F-18 Hornet, called Future Combat Air System (FCAS) (French: Système de combat aérien futur; SCAF). A test flight of a demonstrator is expected around 2025 and entry into service around 2040.[3][4][5][6][7][8] It was designated New Generation Fighter.

In July 2018, BAE Systems unveiled the Tempest as the planned sixth-generation fighter for the Royal Air Force.[9]

In December 2018, the German Defence Ministry welcomed Spain's expression of interest in the French-German development program.[10]

In June 2019 Spain joined the FCAS program.[11]


The capability required may have been provided by any number of systems:[citation needed]


Two industry teams were competing for the contract, one led by BAE Systems and the other by LogicaCMG.


  1. ^ "FOAS (Future Offensive Air System), United Kingdom". Air Force Technology. SPG Media Limited. 2005. Retrieved 13 July 2008.[unreliable source?]
  2. ^ "Award of £120M Anglo-French Defence Co-Operation Contract". Defense-Aerospace.com. 5 November 2014. Retrieved 11 November 2014.
  3. ^ Roblin, Sebastien (4 May 2018). "Will Germany and France Develop Europe's First Stealth Fighter?". The National Interest. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  4. ^ "Airbus and Dassault Launch a New FCAS—without BAE". Aviation International News. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  5. ^ "Airbus, Dassault Join Forces on Future Combat Aircraft for Europe". Avionics. 25 April 2018. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  6. ^ "ILA: Airbus, Dassault cement FCAS pact". Flightglobal.com. 25 April 2018. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  7. ^ "Germany-France to develop Eurofighter/Rafale replacement". AviationAnalysis.net. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  8. ^ Editorial, Reuters. "Airbus, Dassault to team up for new fighter jet project". U.S. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  9. ^ "UK unveils new Tempest fighter jet model". BBC News. 16 July 2018. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  10. ^ "Germany, France to add Spain to fighter program: sources". Reuters. 5 December 2018. Retrieved 7 December 2018.
  11. ^ "La ministra de Defensa española ha firmado en el Salón de Le Bourget la incorporación al programa FCAS por parte española" (in Spanish). fly-news.es. 17 June 2019. Retrieved 17 June 2019.

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