Airbus, Thales partner to develop Air Combat Cloud

Airbus and Thales have announced they have signed an agreement for the development of the Air Combat Cloud, which will enable the Future Combat Air System (FCAS) system, the company said.

Under this agreement Airbus and Thales will work jointly on the structural design of the Air Combat Cloud to support collaborative air operations at national and multinational levels, and will perform a first phase of technology demonstrations of air combat cloud capabilities.

This agreement supports the Air Combat Cloud pillar of the Demonstrator Phase 1A covering the next 18 month period and will serve as a starting point for demonstrators and technology development.

FCAS will deliver increasing operational effects by leveraging the collaborative capabilities of connected manned and unmanned platforms, bringing the next level of Air Power to denied environments. Within FCAS, the Air Combat Cloud will in real time connect and synchronise all the platforms and enable the processing and distribution of information to enhance situational awareness and collaborative operations.

The two companies will design the Air Combat Cloud, first in the frame of the Franco German FCAS cooperation.