Future Offensive Air System

The Future Offensive Air System was a study which sought to replace the Royal Air Force's strike capability currently provided by the Tornado GR4. Initial operation capability was expected around 2017. The FOAS was cancelled in June 2005[1] and was replaced by the Deep and Persistent Offensive Capability (DPOC) requirement, which was itself cancelled in the 2010 SDSR. In 2012 France signed an MoU to join the RAF's latest programme for an unmanned Future Combat Air System (FCAS), which will likely be based on BAE's Taranis demonstrator and on the Dassault nEURON demonstrator.


In March 2005 the UK joined the United States' Joint-Unmanned Combat Air System programme.[2] In December 2005 the UK government published its Defence Industrial Strategy, a part of which was the announcement of increased funding for UCAV technology de-risking and development and the funding for a UCAV Technology Demonstrator Program.[3] The 2006 US Quadrennial Defense Review stated that the J-UCAS program would be terminated.[4]


The capability required may have been provided by any number of systems;


Two industry teams were competing for the contract, one led by BAE Systems and the other by LogicaCMG.


  1. "FOAS (Future Offensive Air System), United Kingdom". Air Force Technology. SPG Media Limited. 2005. Retrieved 2008-07-13.
  2. "London Puts Foot in J-UCAS Camp". Aviation Week & Space Technology. The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. 2005-03-21. p. 20.
  3. Butterworth-Hayes, Philip (October 2006). "U.K. changes military acquisition strategy". Aerospace America. American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Inc. p. 4.
  4. Sherman, Jason (2006-01-13). "Pentagon Sets Plan For New Bomber, Terminates J-UCAS Program". Inside The Air Force. Retrieved 2008-07-13.

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