Diehl Aerospace

Defense & Security

Diehl contributes to European security

Right from the start, Diehl Aerospace – a joint venture between Thales and Diehl Aviation – has been involved in the two-year concept phase for the development of the European FCAS (Future Combat Air System). In Germany, this system is to be gradually expanded into a global air-based defense system and replace the Eurofighter fleet later. This guarantees the sovereignty of Europe in foreign policy and military matters.

Not surprisingly, the development of the new air combat system requires several years of preparation before the actual development phase can begin in 2028. In the first phase of the concept study, the operational requirements for the new weapon system are defined and the technology gaps and the necessary technology demonstrators are identified. Diehl Aerospace has been involved in the study right from the start and has already made important contributions in various technology domains.

At the beginning of 2020, the demonstration phase was launched. With its expertise, especially in the avionics sector, and its proven experience in international cooperation, Diehl Aerospace will play a major role in this decisive phase.


Diehl Aerospace has a proven track record in military aerospace for several decades.

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With Diehl Aerospace into the next program phases

The next step will be to bring the required technologies to a sufficient level of maturity before the development and construction of the first demonstrators can begin. In addition to the two system leaders, Dassault and Airbus Defence & Space, Diehl Aerospace should also play a crucial role here. For many years, the innovation leader has invested enormous amounts of time and money in research and development and has established itself as the largest and leading supplier of avionics systems in Germany. The company thus has great expertise in civil and military projects, inter alia, in the fields of cockpit avionics, flight control, integrated modular avionics and utility systems.


Ability to cooperate on international level

Germany, France and Spain have emphasized that they want to develop the technologies required for FCAS/NGWS together. That requires also the readiness and ability to successfully implement cooperative projects. Diehl Aerospace has demonstrated its international cooperation capability in numerous Franco-German and international projects, partnerships and programs. For example, in the military segment, the company worked with European partners, inter alia, on the development and series production of avionics and equipment systems for the Airbus A400M, Tornado, Eurofighter, NH90 and Tiger.


Securing European sovereignty

FCAS is the most modern and complex defence programme in Europe for the coming decades. This is a network of existing and future weapon systems, manned combat aircraft and unmanned systems such as drones and satellites. Unlike individual specific weapon systems, FCAS can be deployed variably in a wide variety of situations and scenarios. This will strategically secure the future security and defence policy sovereignty of Europe in the long term. Diehl can make an important technological contribution to this, for example to the further development of NGWS – but also for the development of the Eurofighter, the remote carriers as well as for the implementation of the networked system of systems.

Versatile core competencies for the NGWS are among the strengths of the German supplier.

Diehl Aviation: The sector's innovation driver

Diehl is already one of the world's leading research and development companies for aircraft systems and cabin solutions. The company has permanently increased its investments in research and development. Today, Diehl Aviation together with its subsidiary Diehl Aerospace has not only extensive experience in the implementation of national research and development projects and international funding programs. The company is leading in the areas of flight control, integrated modular avionics, cockpit display systems as well as mission and platform avionics.