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Dassault FCAS (Future Combat Air System)

6th Generation Fighter Concept

Dassault FCAS (Future Combat Air System)

6th Generation Fighter Concept

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Overview



The FCAS is a joint French-German development set to bring about an all-new generation of combat platform for Europe.
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ORIGIN: France
YEAR: 2025
STATUS: In-Development
MANUFACTURER(S): Dassault / Airbus - France; Germany; Spain
PRODUCTION: 0
OPERATORS: France (probable); Germany (probable); Spain (possible)
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Technical Specifications



Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the Dassault FCAS model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.
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POWER: 2 x MTU/Safran afterburning engines developing between 20,000lb and 30,000lb of thrust each.
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None. This entry is currently being proposed as a flight demonstrator.
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• FCAS ("Future Combat Air System") - Base Project Name.


History



Detailing the development and operational history of the Dassault FCAS (Future Combat Air System) 6th Generation Fighter Concept.  Entry last updated on 6/19/2019. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com.
The future of the 6th Generation Fighter is now as several firms in the West have already begun (or will soon begin) a series of studies to flesh out requirements for an all new design. For Dassault of France, joined by defense powerhouse Airbus, the study is the "Future Combat Air System" (FCAS) to be drawn up sometime in early 2019. The aircraft will be a concept study to lay the ground work for a potential future fighter built atop the framework of existing, as well as all-new, systems and weapons.

The French duo are set to be joined by Spain which has expressed interest in becoming a part of the FCAS program going forwards.

At this early stage, the FCAS concept provided by Dassault features a twin, side-by-side engine arrangement for maximum survivability in contested airspaces. The engines will be a joint-French/German development offered by Safran/MTU (respectively) offering upwards of 30,000lb of thrust each unit with afterburner capability - giving the aircraft access to the supersonic speed envelope. The Next Generation (NG) fighter will also sport smooth contours as well as hard edges all the while promoting "stealth" through special body coatings and special body shaping. The wing mainplanes would feature sharp lines and be of a pseudo-delta configuration - negating the use of horizontal tailplanes while contouring well to the established form of the fuselage. Square intakes are to aspirate the engine pairing and are set to either side of the fuselage in the typical fashion. To all this will be added a high degree of maneuverability for close-in encounters. Unlike other future-minded unmanned combat platform concepts, the Dassault approach will keep the human pilot in the equation in a single-seat, all-digital highly-automatic cockpit environment.

At this point a flyable technology demonstrator is slated to take to the air sometime in the middle part of the next decade (around 2025 or thereabouts). The aircraft could then be introduced for operational service around 2040 - ushering a new age of the combat fighter.




Program Updates

February 2019 - Airbus and Dassault of France have both been given a two-year contract to jointly develop a concept study around the FCAS initiative. MTU and Safran are in line to develop the powerplant required for the program.

February 2019 - As expected, the nation of Spain has thrown its hat into the French-German FCAS development program. A Letter-of-Intent (LoI) was signed by the Spanish Minister of Defence on February 14th, 2019.

June 2019 - At Paris Air Show 2019, the French Ministry of Defense demonstrated, via video, the proposed mission scope of the new, Next-Generation Fighter platform. In the presentation, the FCAS was shown working in conjunction with existing French and European aircraft platforms and warships, such as the Airbus A400M Atlas and Eurofighter Typhoon, assaulting a fortified enemy base.

June 2019 - A full-scale mockup of the Dassault-Airbus FCAS was unveiled at Paris Air Show 2019.
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Our Data Modules allow for quick visual reference when comparing a single entry against contemporary designs. Areas covered include general ratings, speed assessments, and relative ranges based on distances between major cities.

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Relative Maximum Speed
Hi: 1300mph
Lo: 650mph
This entry's maximum listed speed (1,243mph).

Graph average of 975 miles-per-hour.
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Graph showcases the Dassault FCAS's operational range (on internal fuel) when compared to distances between major cities.
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Unit Production (0)
Comm. Market HI*: 44,000 units
Military Market HI**: 36,183 units
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  * Commercial Market High belongs to Cessna 172.

  ** Military Market High belongs to Ilyushin Il-2.


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A2A=Air-to-Air; UAV=Unmanned; CAS=Close Support; ASW=Anti-Submarine; AEW=Airborne Early Warning; MEDEVAC=Medical Evac; EW=Electronic Warfare; SAR=Search-Rescue
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