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Franco-German Maritime Airborne Warfare System MAWS makes some progress.

According to information published by Hensoldt on May 6, 2024, the German consortium MAWS GbR, composed of ESG Elektroniksystem- und Logistik-GmbH, HENSOLDT Sensors GmbH, and Diehl Defence GmbH & Co. KG, secured a contract for a supplementary study related to the Franco-German Maritime Airborne Warfare System (MAWS) project.
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Artist rendering of the Maritime Airborne Warfare System. (Picture source: Hensoldt)

The initiative focuses on advancing maritime reconnaissance, submarine hunting, and maritime target engagement through a network that includes manned and unmanned platforms, alongside ground stations.

The study will explore the development of a 'Maritime Warfare Cloud' powered by artificial intelligence to process sensor data and ensure information autonomy and data sovereignty. This cloud will not only store data but also analyze it, making it a central element of the MAWS.

Additionally, the study will provide solution proposals for German naval aviation, considering the Boeing P-8A Poseidon as an interim option. It will further examine how various assets and ground stations can be better networked and processed effectively.


Over recent years, the two countries have embarked on significant joint projects, such as the Future Combat Air System (FCAS) and the Main Ground Combat System (MGCS), which aim to develop next-generation air and land systems respectively.

Despite these collaborative intentions, the projects have faced delays and disagreements. The MGCS, intended to modernize tank inventories and integrate advanced technologies like artificial intelligence and networked operations, has not progressed as quickly as planned. Industrial and political differences have hindered the timeline, with disagreements over technological standards and leadership roles​.

Additionally, the Franco-German collaboration has extended to the creation of a joint tactical air transport squadron

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