Airbus partners with MBDA to develop demonstrators for remote carriers

Airbus has announced it has joined forces with Europe´s missile systems house MBDA to develop demonstrators for Remote Carriers, the company said.

The decision followed the awarding of the Phase 1A Demonstrators contract for the Future Combat Air System (FCAS).

The teaming involves MBDA focusing on the development of small and medium class platforms together and under the lead of Airbus. On its side, Airbus will address the whole Remote Carrier scope and in particular teaming intelligence, whilst focusing on medium to large platforms.

MBDA´s portfolio of capabilities brings complementary expertise into the Airbus led Remote Carrier domain and is expected to contribute significantly to the future capabilities of Air Power. As the European champion in missiles, with industrial presence in France, Germany and Spain, MBDA brings in a unique expertise in launching, flying and autonomy of small and large missiles.

Airbus, as a European player in UAS, is building on its full-scale expertise in small to large systems and in Man-Unmanned Teaming. Among its demonstrators, Airbus has operated since 2006 the Barracuda, a flying test bed for developing technologies and procedures to be used by mature next-generation UAVs to test fast reconnaissance, surveillance, targeting and battle damage assessment capabilities.

Designed to act as force multipliers, the Remote Carriers, are unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), which aim at reducing the risks for manned aircraft by taking over specific air operations´ roles within high risk environments, providing new air warfare capabilities and teaming in combination with and coordinated by other manned air assets.