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.

  • Visualisierung von Eurofighter LTE und Remote Carriers

The March 31st 2023 protocol of the “working group on the responsible use of technologies in a FCAS”

  • Schematic representation of the FCAS as a network system. Airplanes connected with lines are shown.

Für einen europäischen Weg bei der Nutzung von KI in der Verteidigung

An FAZ op-ed by Nora Bossong, Ansgar Rieks and Wolfgang Koch (in German)

  • Illustration visualising the use of articial intelligence with airplanes and satellites

White paper The Responsible Use of Artificial Intelligence in FCAS – An Initial Assessment

  • Portrait of Dr Bruno Kahl

Dr Bruno Kahl President of the German Federal Intelligence Service A strategic threat analysis for 2040

Video of the Deputy Chief of the German Air Force

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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