Traditionally, 2020 would have been a busy airshow year. We were looking forward to updating you on the many new developments and business highlights at various trade shows. As of today, the significant meeting, travel and event restrictions have made physically hosting these shows impossible. In order to adapt to these changes, we will reach out to you digitally instead! 

From May to July and under the hashtags #defencematters, #securitymatters and #spacematters, we will provide you with news stories, features, videos, infographics and podcasts here on the “ILA goes Digital” page as well as across Airbus social media channels such as Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter. Be sure to revisit this landing page frequently to find the latest publications in addition to announcements and special features such as Airbus-hosted virtual panel discussions.

Podcast #A400M

Flying Airbus’ next-generation airlifter 

The A400M is the “topic du jour” for Airbus’ latest podcast, including insights from someone who knows this advanced military aircraft inside and out: John Taylor, an experimental test pilot at Airbus Defence and Space. 

Based at the San Pablo site near Seville, Spain – where A400Ms are assembled – Taylor says it’s a privilege to fly the aircraft and underscores key capabilities that set it apart from the competition, both now and for the years to come.

Listen to the Podcast here!

European Strength

The Eurofighter constitutes the backbone of European NATO air power, with more than 500 currently protecting the continent’s skies. It is Europe’s largest defence programme to date, marking successful collaboration of three European companies, Airbus, BAE Systems and Leonardo. The programme has already provided significant economic benefits, supporting 100,000 jobs across 400 companies and developing new technologies. Eurofighter’s future growth is a guarantee of Europe’s strategic sovereignty and a continuous investment in people and innovation.

E-Scan Radar

The E-Scan (electronically scanned) radar is the latest improvement to the Eurofighter. Its AESA antenna is providing longer detection and tracking ranges and the repositioner grants the user a wider field of regard. The Eurofighter pilots will benefit from increased situational awareness and better protection from threats. With the integration of advanced technologies the radar also has a high development potential. The Eurofighter E-Scan radar is developed and manufactured by leading European defence companies: Hensoldt, Indra and Leonardo and will be integrated by Airbus on German and Spanish Eurofighters. You can find more details about the E-Scan radar in the infographic below.

Future Capabilities

Within the next decade, the Eurofighter will follow its growth path integrating further enhancements, benefiting from the ongoing technological developments. These upgrades will make the Eurofighter more effective, more survivable and ready to face threats of the future. The incremental improvement of the Eurofighter will enable the European industry to acquire the technologies, competencies and skills which will be necessary for creating the Future Combat Air System (FCAS) and make the Eurofighter an important part of this system. To find out more about FCAS, click on the link below.

Future Combat Air System:

Podcast Interview with Marco Gumbrecht

Former Eurofighter Typhoon Pilot at the German Air Force

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to fly a Eurofighter? Then check out this podcast interview by clicking on the button below.

Meet Marco Gumbrecht, former Eurofighter Typhoon fighter pilot at the German Air Force. He has flown the jet for many years and had a remarkable career in aviation so far. It has taken him from the German Air Force to Airbus Defence and Space, where he is the Head of Future Business Eurofighter and Military Relations in Combat Aircraft Systems.

In this podcast interview, Marco will give you an operational insight view into the Eurofighter and how he sees the future of the Eurofighter Typhoon.


Marco Gumbrecht


Marco Gumbrecht was appointed Head of Future Business Eurofighter and Military Relations in Combat Aircraft Systems for Airbus Defence and Space in 2018. Prior to his current position, from 2017 to 2018, he was responsible for the operational requirements strategy and response for all Export Campaign Bids.

Prior to joining Airbus in 2018, he was a Staff Officer and Fighter Pilot, having joined the German Air Force in 1996. He has more than 2.700 flight hours on several fighter aircrafts including 10 years on Eurofighter Typhoon and he was a Fighter Weapons and Flight Instructor. Marco was also deployed on a number of NATO staff positions and international missions.

Born on 24 May 1978, Marco Gumbrecht is a graduate of the German Air Force Academy and the German Armed Forces Staff College.

Take a look at the Clip to learn more about

Airbus Combat Aircraft Systems

Read about the responsible use of new technologies in a Future Combat Air System (FCAS) 

  • in a press release by Airbus and Fraunhofer:

FCAS Press Release

  • on the respective Website:

FCAS Forum

  • in an interview with Dirk Hoke and Prof. Dr. Reimund:

FCAS Forum - Interview

Ensuring Future Air Power Capability

Key to European and National sovereignty


Contested environments

Threat levels are rising due to the increasing development and dissemination of Anti Access/Areal Denial means. European air forces and navies need to prepare themselves for potential large scale high tempo operations in contested environments. To maintain air superiority and minimize attrition levels, Europe’s Future Combat Air System (FCAS) will be a system of systems leveraging manned and unmanned collaborative combat, bringing the next level of Air Power. 

Decisive tactical edge

FCAS will ultimately require a New Generation Fighter in 2040, which will be more sophisticated with very low observability, cutting edge passive and active sensors, on board smart applications and human machine collaboration. Such a New Generation Fighter will be a battle management platform capable of operating deep within enemy space. When teaming with unmanned modular platforms, named Remote Carriers, New Generation Fighters will have the needed scalable and flexible force multipliers to open new fields of tactics based on deception and numeric superiority.

Accelerated operational tempo

European air forces and navies will need to accelerate the operational tempo to complete OODA (Observe Orient Decide Act) loops faster than the adversary and take control of the situation. The interoperable Air Combat Cloud will provide common situational awareness by instantaneously capturing, sharing, merging and processing massive amounts of data from all connected manned and unmanned platforms. The Air Combat Cloud’s warfare analytics and real-time coordination will provide better situational awareness, tactical options, decisions and collaborative effects to speed-up the OODA loop.

Better effects paths

Operating as a system of systems orchestrated by an Air Combat Cloud, FCAS will allow the OODA loop to be distributed across platforms allowing the dynamic combination of sensing, shooting and C2 capabilities. With a distributed OODA loop, FCAS will provide European air forces and navies with better, faster and more resilient kill paths under human supervision. 

Incremental journey

FCAS will be an incremental journey. In a world with increasing threats, Airbus and its industrial partners need to start providing from 2025 the first capabilities to maintain European and National sovereignty. FCAS will lead to a doctrinal and technological change. Using such new capabilities will be a huge challenge for European air forces and navies, which cannot be instantaneously achieved. New doctrines, processes and skills need to be gradually developed in alignment with the planned arrival of FCAS capabilities and meeting the related technological challenges. FCAS will require a step by step approach to be jointly tackled by European air forces, navies and industry.