The responsible use of new technologies in a Future Combat Air System (FCAS)

Illustration on the topic ‘Future Combat Air System

About FCAS

As Europe’s most strategic defence programme, the Future Combat Air System (FCAS) is key to European sovereignty in the 21st century. As a combat system of systems, FCAS will deliver increasing effects by leveraging the connected capabilities of pooled platforms, bringing the next level of air power to highly denied environments. The cornerstone of FCAS is the next-generation weapon system where next-generation fighters team up with remote carriers as force multipliers. Additionally, manned and unmanned platforms also will provide their uniqueness to the collective capabilities while being fully interoperable with allied forces across domains from land to cyber. The air combat cloud will enable the leveraging of networked capabilities of all pooled platforms.

  • Portrait von Dirk Hoke
  • Portrait von Prof. Neugebauer

Interview with Dirk Hoke, CEO of Airbus Defence and Space, and Prof. Dr. Reimund Neugebauer, President of the Fraunhofer Institute

Video of the Deputy Chief of the German Air Force

Statement from the German Defence Ministry

Portrait of General Funke

“We will not accept any technical concept that would give any system the possibility to authorise the death of another person solely on the basis of the logic of an algorithm. Human beings will remain the sole determinants, responsible for decisions and all their consequences!“

Brigadier General Gerald Funke, Dipl.-Ing. German Federal Ministry of Defence

Experts panel

The FCAS project is [...] showing a remarkable development, at least in Germany. While worldwide the arms industry and the military prefer to push ahead with their large-scale projects in secret, here in Germany for the first time there has been a public discussion on how ethical questions and legal principles should be anchored in the FCAS project.

Airbus and [...] the German research association Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft have formed an initiative with a committee of experts for this purpose. It is to advise on the FCAS interpretation and discuss it publicly. Transparency is to be created via the website

Die Welt


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