Airbus Unveils Concept of Future Light Combat Aircraft

 In Defense, Air, Spain, Space

The Spanish divi­sion of European air­craft man­u­fac­tur­er Airbus has released its vision of future light combat air­craft on 16 October.

On Friday, the Spanish divi­sion of Airbus has released its pro­pos­al for a new advanced train­er, the AFJT (Airbus Future Jet Trainer).

The pre­sen­ta­tion was given by Fernando Peces, head of the Eurofighter pro­gram in Spain, Military Aircraft part of Airbus Defense & Space and Javier Escribano, head of Future Combat Programs.

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The first thing they high­light­ed is that “The AFJT is a pro­gram designed by and for Spain, which is posi­tioned as the oper­a­tional, indus­tri­al and tech­no­log­i­cal devel­op­ment solu­tion that would allow the coun­try to con­tin­ue with its posi­tion as a lead­ing player in the aero­space and defense sector. ”.

The con­cept of the new air­craft is a single-engine tran­son­ic per­for­mance jet train­er.

The divi­sion press release said that the new plat­from could be a base for devel­opet of new jet train­er that could sup­port pilots going on to fly the European Future Combat Air System (FCAS). Also on the basis of the new plane, it is pos­si­ble to create a light fight­er and a new gen­er­a­tion attack unmanned air­craft.

The train­er vari­ant, with a stepped two-seat cock­pit, is offered with and with­out the inter­nal gun and multi-mode radar. In-flight weapon system sim­u­la­tors can be installed with a library of syn­thet­ic tar­gets and threats.

The light combat air­craft will be avail­able as a single-seat light combat air­craft for air defense and recon­nais­sance mis­sions.

It is esti­mat­ed that for every 100 mil­lion euros invest­ed in the AFJT, between 2,100 and 2,500 jobs will be cre­at­ed in Spain and a return for the Spanish cof­fers of about 36 mil­lion euros in taxes and social con­tri­bu­tions. In addi­tion, Spain would receive roy­al­ties for exports to other coun­tries.

“The AFJT Program would be an impor­tant engine of the econ­o­my and a gen­er­a­tor of highly qual­i­fied and qual­i­ty jobs, con­tribut­ing to the cre­ation of stable and high-value employ­ment with a high impact. The knowl­edge gen­er­at­ed in engi­neer­ing and design would also serve as a gen­er­a­tor of new oppor­tu­ni­ties for the future of the nation­al indus­try ”, Fernando Peces point­ed out.

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