France, Germany agree on next step for fighter jet program

22 November 2018
647 Views

France and Germany have reached an agreement on the next steps in a joint program to design a next-generation combat jet, French Defence Minister Florence Parly said on Tuesday.

The jet, due to go into service in 2040, is expected to replace the Rafale, built by France’s Dassault Aviation, and Germany’s Eurofighters, made by a European consortium.

Parly said on Twitter that the agreement included the planned launch of a prototype or demonstrator of both the aircraft and the engine by the middle of next year.

“Decisive step today with the agreement to start the architecture and design studies and the launch of demonstrators (aircraft and engine) by mid-2019,” Parly tweeted. “It is advancing.”

Germany and France signed a memorandum of understanding in April and agreed that France would take the lead. The two governments have been at odds about future exports, while the companies involved are fighting over leadership of the system to integrate the jet with drones and other weapons.

Dassault and Airbus will shortly submit an unsolicited proposal for initial conceptual work on the new fighter jet to German and French officials, sources familiar with the matter told Reuters last week.

Source:reuters

You may be interested

Dramatic increase in coronavirus intubated patients places high pressures on the health system
GREECE
shares29 views
GREECE
shares29 views

Dramatic increase in coronavirus intubated patients places high pressures on the health system

makis - Oct 26, 2020

The current number of cases -715- is the lowest of the previous five days, however it is probably attributed to…

Sergey Lavrov: Every state has the right to extend its sea borders to 12 nautical miles
DEFENCE
shares33 views
DEFENCE
shares33 views

Sergey Lavrov: Every state has the right to extend its sea borders to 12 nautical miles

Panos - Oct 26, 2020

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on matters the demarcation of the coastal zone between neighbouring countries, a resolution should be…

Greek Foreign Minister: “Turkey is a ‘jihadist travel agency” in the East Med”
GREECE
shares36 views
GREECE
shares36 views

Greek Foreign Minister: “Turkey is a ‘jihadist travel agency” in the East Med”

Panos - Oct 26, 2020

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias said Turkey was acting as a “travel agency for jihadists” in the wider region of…

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.