Dassault Aviation has revealed what could be the contours of the next generation fighter jet to be made by a European team led by France.
The video, ‘Wings for Europe’ released by the company on its website in May this year showed the outline of the new jet that France and Germany are eyeing to produce jointly. The video describes the aircraft as “2018 European New Generation Aircraft”. France and Germany in July last year, planned to jointly develop a new fighter jet.
"The development of the combat drone would even benefit a larger program, the Future Combat Air System (FCAS) comprising a manned fighter aircraft, Dassault CEO Eric Trappier had said at that time.
In June this year, France and Germany signed two joint letters of intent, including one on the Future Air Combat System (SCAF), designating "France as a leading nation" for the project to succeed the Rafale and the Eurofighter warplanes by 2040.
According to a statement issued by the French Defence Ministry on June 18, 2018, the program will bring together "a new multi-purpose combat aircraft, adapted to contemporary air threats and exploiting the potential of artificial intelligence, network-based combat capabilities, including drones of various types."
The letter of intent calls for a study phase to be launched by the end of 2018, including architectural work and the rapid launch of demonstrators, the ministry said. This work should foreshadow, by 2025, the concepts to be retained for the future operational system.
The second letter of intent concerns developing a tank called the Main Ground Combat System (MGCS), which will be led by Germany and for which a joint demonstration phase is planned by mid-2019.
It provides a milestone in 2022 and the establishment by 2024 of a detailed operational need.
Paris and Berlin "share the same ambitious vision of a system based on the most innovative technologies and able to ensure operational superiority in all contexts and on all terrains," the French ministry had said.
Fully integrated with Scorpion in France and the HEER system in Germany, MGCS will be "the terrestrial system of reference for its deployment in 2035."
Dassault and Airbus signed an initial cooperation agreement in late April to develop SCAF, leaving the door open for other European partners. The mission letter also stipulates that other partners, particularly European, can join the project.
The members of the European Parliament have approved a proposal to establish a European defence industrial development programme, under which €500 million would be allocated from the EU budget for 2019-2020 to co-finance the joint development of new defence technologies and equipment. The EU will be able to spend money on defence for the first time ever
The 28-member European Union spent €200 billion ($222 billion) on defence in 2016, the same figure as in 2015, Eurostat announced Friday. The EU, most of whose members share NATO membership with the United States are under pressure from Washington to increase military spending and buy more American arms
France and Germany could develop a future European fighter jet to replace the Eurofighter Typhoon and the Dassault Rafale. The fighter program could expand from the current Anglo-French combat drone program
Frand and Germany plan to come up with a roadmap for joint development of a new European fighter jet and replacement of the existing fleet by mid-2018. "Today there are too many European standards and qualifications and sometimes there is competition among Europeans internationally," French President Emmanuel Macron was quoted as saying by Reuters during a news conference along with German Chancellor Angela Merkel Friday
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