Future Combat Air System

German based companies form Future Combat Mission System Consortium at Paris Air Show

(from left to right): Hartmut Jaeschke (Senior Vice President Sales & Projects, Rohde & Schwarz), Helmut Rauch (Member of the Board, Diehl Defence), Celia Pelaz (Head of Spectrum Dominance & Airborne Solu-tions, HENSOLDT) and Kai Horten (Managing Director, ESG Elektroniksystem- und Logistik-GmbH) formed the FCMS consortium at Paris Air Show.

Paris, 19 June 2019 – The Franco-German initiative to develop a "Future Combat Air System" (FCAS) addresses the complex challenges of future air war operations. One of the most complex technological challenges for FCAS will be in the field of the networked operation of sensors and effectors. The European industrial environment is characterised by strong partners with a broad range of capabilities and products, especially in this area, for which FCAS will play an outstanding role in the years to come.  

To effectively address these technological and programmatic challenges in an international programme, the German based companies HENSOLDT, Diehl Defence, ESG and Rohde & Schwarz are pleased to announce that they have joined forces to form the German Future Combat Mission System Consortium under German Law.


The aim of the German FCMS consortium is to assume joint responsibility for the complex topic of the networked operation of sensors and effectors within the FCAS network. This will be done in close industrial cooperation with the 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.

About the Consortium Partners


HENSOLDT is a pioneer of technology and innovation in the area of defence and security electronics. The company, headquartered in Taufkirchen near Munich, is a market leader in civilian and military sensor solutions, developing new products to counter a wide variety of threats based on innovative concepts in such fields as big data, robotics and cyber security. With a workforce of some 4,500 employees, HENSOLDT generates revenues of more than €1 billion per year.


About Diehl Defence GmbH & Co. KG

Diehl Defence delivers high-tech equiment for defence. The company is one of the global technology leaders in the development and production of guided missiles and ammunition for armies, air forces and navies. Moreover, Diehl Defence also offers advanced system solutions for ground-based air defence. Innovative solutions in the fields of reconnaissance, monitoring, training and protection round off the product range.


About ESG Elektroniksystem- und Logistik-GmbH

ESG has been one of the leading German providers of design, integration and operation of complex, security-related electronic and IT systems for five decades, with a current turnover of 300 million EUR. With more than 2000 employees, the ESG Group encompasses the brands ESG DEFENCE + PUBLIC SECURITY, CYOSS and ESG MOBILITY. In Germany and internationally, these people provide propducts and services for customers from government authorities, the fields of defence and public security and industry.
ESG is a certified aviation company for aircraft for the Bundeswehr (German Federal Armed Forces) and an aviation engineering company in line with EASA Parts 21J/G and 145.
As a special systems company for mission avionics, simulation and training, as well as special deployment systems, ESG offers customized solutions.
Independent process and technology consulting is one of ESG's key competencies. Technology transfer between markets is what makes a significant contribution to our customers' added value.

About Rohde & Schwarz

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 | defense | security, networks and cybersecurity business fields address many different industry and government-sector market segments. On June 30, 2018, Rohde & Schwarz had approximately 11,500 employees. The independent group achieved a net revenue of approximately EUR 2 billion in the 2017/2018 fiscal year (July to June). The company has its headquarters in Munich, Germany. Internationally, it has subsidiaries in more than 70 countries, with regional hubs in Asia and America.


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