Are the technological ambitions of the European SCAF program excessive?

The south-korean Future Air Combat System, or SCAF, is today the most ambitious defense technological cooperation program in Europe. Bringing together 3 countries, Germany, Spain and France, it aims to design by 2040 a combat aircraft, designated Next Generation Fighter or NGF, intended to take over from the French and German and Spanish Rafales and Typhoons, as well as a logical and operational combat environment to optimize its capabilities. For this, the program has been divided into 7 pillars, ranging from propulsion to detection systems, through the Battle Cloud and weapon systems, broken down between the major aeronautical manufacturers of the 3 countries.

Airbus Defense & Space is the reference company designated by Germany and one of the 3 major players in the program, with Dassault Aviation for France and Indra for Spain. The company also manages the Weapons System / Remote carrier, Stealth and “Air Combat Cloud” pillars, and is a partner of the NGF pillar. In fact, more than any other European company, Airbus DS is today at the heart of the SCAF program. It is therefore relevant to listen when Bruno Fichefeux, who heads the SCAF program for Airbus DS, declares that the program schedule is already very tight today.

The SCAF is not an aircraft, but an air combat system, relying above all on a single aircraft, the NGF.

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