Paris Air Show 2019: Airbus, Dassault Unveils Full-Size Model of Next Generation Fighter (NGF)

Airbus and Dassault Aviation have unveiled a full-size model of the Next Generation Fighter (NGF), being developed for the European Future Combat Air System (FCAS) programme, at the ongoing Paris Air Show 2019.

The reveal of the models by Eric Trappier, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Dassault Aviation and Dirk Hoke, CEO of Airbus Defence and Space was witnessed by the host of the opening ceremony at Le Bourget airport, President of the French Republic, Emmanuel Macron, and the French Minister of the Armed Forces, Florence Parly, the German Federal Minister of Defence, Ursula Von Der Leyen and the Spanish Minister of Defence, Margarita Robles.

Airbus also unveiled model of Remote Carriers – unmanned combat air vehicles (UCAVs) acting a wingman for the manned fighter aircraft – also being developed under the FCAS programme.

New Generation Fighter (NGF) is a sixth-generation jet fighter under development by Dassault Aviation and Airbus Defence and Space that will replace the current generation of France’s Dassault Rafales, Germany’s Eurofighter Typhoons and Spain’s F-18 Hornets by around 2035–2040.

NGF falls under the wider Future Combat Air System (FCAS) programme which also includes Remote Carriers and and all other air assets in the future operational battlespace. All assets are linked by a Combat Cloud and its Ecosystem embedded in a System-of-Systems FCAS architecture. NGF and Remote Carriers are collectively called Next-Generation Weapon System (NGWS).

In 2018, it was announced that Airbus and Dassault Aviation decided to join forces for the development and production of Europe’s Future Combat Air System (FCAS). The companies received the first-ever contract – a Joint Concept Study (JCS) – from France and Germany for the programme.

Spain joined the FCAS programme as a partner nation with the signing of n agreement with France and Germany at the 2019 Paris Air Show.

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