Saab part of European study for future combat air systems

Saab part of European study for future combat air systems Saab welcomes the news that the Ministers of Defence of France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Sweden and UK have declared their intent to carry out a joint study aimed at providing an initial assessment of their respective future combat air system capability requirements in a 2020 timeframe. Saab, together with the other major European Aerospace Companies (Alenia Aerospace, BAE SYSTEMS, EADS and Dassault Aviation) all recognise the long term capability needs, identified by the Governments, which will require systems and technologies to be developed and demonstrated jointly to maximise the effect of R&T across Europe. As a result, they have expressed an intention to work together with the common aim of performing: · work in some high priority areas already identified, such as stealthy platforms, C4ISR integrated systems networking via data link, propulsion systems, and the command and control of uninhabited air vehicles, all of which are expected to be initiated straight away. · the risk-reduction technology programme set up under the name of European Technology Acquisition Programme (ETAP) which will result from the Intergovernmental study and which will include Technology Demonstration Projects (TDPs), concept demonstrations and Technology Demonstration Vehicles (TDVs) within the key technology areas for combat air systems to be either adapted to existing systems or to be included in the future joint European system for deployment in the 2020 timeframe. · also any follow-on Systems Development programmes (manned and / or unmanned systems) as requested to fulfil the 6-Nation military requirements as they emerge. Saab wishes to confirm its full support for the European Governments initiative. Saab also confirms its commitment to work with the European Governments, and Major European Aerospace Companies to develop the necessary technologies and competences. This will meet the military demands of a European combat air system capability for the 2020 timeframe whilst sustaining an efficient and globally competitive European Aerospace and Defence Systems Industry. Saab has an interest in combining the technologies from ETAP with the Saab NetDefence concept to provide future air combat systems in a Network Centric Warfare context. In addition to Saab, Volvo Aero Corporation and Ericsson will participate in ETAP together with key research organisations in Sweden. Saab is one of the world's leading high-technology companies, with its main operations focusing on defence, aviation and space. The group covers a broad spectrum of competence and capability in systems integration. For further information, please contact: Peter Larsson, Vice President, Communications and Public AffairsPhone: +46 70 9897109 Saab Aerospace www.saab.se ------------------------------------------------------------ This information was brought to you by Waymaker http://www.waymaker.net The following files are available for download: http://www.waymaker.net/bitonline/2001/11/19/20011119BIT00860/bit0001.doc http://www.waymaker.net/bitonline/2001/11/19/20011119BIT00860/bit0001.pdf

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