Italy and the United Kingdom have long started a process to identify potential areas of industrial cooperation between the main national companies in the defense sector, with the ambition to start possible activities of mutual interest. In this context, also thanks to the incessant work of the General Secretariat of Defense and National Directorate of Armaments (Secret Defense) and the British Ministry of Defense, the two nations have reached a collaboration agreement under the program Future Combat Air System (FCAS).
In this regard, Leonardo and BAE Systems have decided to collaborate in the FCAS program. The companies of the two countries have identified shared areas of collaboration by carrying out joint analyzes on activities of mutual interest. In the same context, the Italian and British electronic companies of Leonardo and Elettronica SpA are developing demonstration activities on advanced sensors and systems.
The FCAS program will develop a technologically advanced multidomain systems system, centered on highly innovative and disruptive technologies, with a sixth generation core platform, which will replace the fleet Euro Fighter starting from 2035. This ambitious project will maintain the national sovereignty of the participating countries in the sector of combat airwhile redesigning future operational and industrial capabilities in the aerospace sector.
The collaboration between Leonardo and BAE Systems focuses on the application of design methodologies Model Based System Engineering (MBSE) and on the joint development of enabling technologies for the national sovereignty of the future system.
These activities are the natural evolution of the innovation processes already started by the partner companies and take on strategic importance as they challenge the technological frontier not yet mastered by European industry.
Furthermore, in line with this strategy, the Italian and British electronic companies of Leonardo and Elettronica SpA have reached a collaboration agreement in the area of sensors and communications to support the technological development of the FCAS project. This initiative will deepen the consolidated collaboration of these companies internationally.