The Future Combat Air System (FCAS), the high-tech military fighter being jointly developed by Spain, France and Germany, is currently in Phase 1B of the programme. This phase includes the second pillar: the engine. AERTEC, an international company specialised in aerospace technology, has just joined the pillar as a technology provider after signing a contract with ITP Aero, the company leading the Spanish side of the FCAS engine pillar.
Thanks to our extensive experience and track record in the design, manufacturing and certification of onboard systems, AERTEC is joining the FCAS engine pillar as a technology provider.
AERTEC has ample experience in the design, manufacturing and certification of onboard systems, specifically of control computers for various applications and critical subsystems, as well as smart data management concentrators. The Spanish international technology company will work in coordination with ITP Aero on the design and manufacture of prototypes to validate newly developed technology related to engine system controls. The contract for the development of these demonstrators will extend until the end of 2026.
“AERTEC’s methodology and development of proprietary technology, together with efficient project risk management, allow us to anticipate risks and develop viable solutions. This has been one of the keys to us joining this ambitious European defence project as a technology provider,” says Sara Bellido, Director of Business Development for AERTEC’s department of Aerospace and Defence Systems. “We have a wealth of experience with these types of systems, but it will be a challenge to apply them to an engine with new components, new refrigeration techniques and extreme environmental conditions,” she adds.
AERTEC is one of the few Spanish companies specialised in developing innovative onboard systems and capable of managing the complete life cycle of this equipment, from rapid prototype design and development to certification and industrialisation. It is participating in other FCAS pillars as well as in civil and defence programmes such as A400M, A350, A330MRTT and EURODRONE, among others.
FCAS is a strategic European high-tech project with an investment of 8 billion euros. It aims to be operational by 2040.