BAE Systems and Dassault Aviation today welcomed an award by the UK and French governments for a Future Combat Air System Demonstration Programme Preparation Phase (FCAS DPPP) contract.
The FCAS DPPP contract will propose a joint plan to mature and demonstrate critical technology and operational aspects of a future combat air system. It is expected that this will lead to a joint Unmanned Combat Air System demonstration and operational evaluation programme in the future.
This contract is the first Unmanned Air System (UAS) contract to come out of the Defence Accord signed at the Anglo-French Summit in November 2010. Consistent with the Anglo-French Treaty on Defence Co-operation, the two companies are looking forward to a similar contractual decision for the TELEMOS MALE programme, allowing them to further enhance the Franco-British partnership in the UAS field.
BAE Systems, Dassault Aviation and Rolls-Royce/Snecma have also signed an industrial agreement to work together in support of this contract.