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France, Germany sign European next gen fighter jet prototype deal

After long-lasting deliberations, France and Germany have officially agreed to develop a prototype of the next generation fighter jet. The deal, which is valued at €150 million over two years, has an objective to see the European combat plane demonstrator take to the skies by 2026....


Clement Charpentreau
European fighter jet demonstrator receives German greenlight

The members of the Bundestag, the German Parliament, have approved the funding for the development of a technology demonstrator of the New Generation Fighter (NGF) on February 12, 2020. The approval comes as a decisive step for the Future Air Combat System (FCAS) program to move forward. However, the vote did not erase all their reservations....


Clement Charpentreau
Bundestag votes to decide the future of European fighter jet

The German Parliament, the Bundestag, is due to vote on the production contract for the demonstrator of the Future Combat Air System, the European project which brings together France, Germany, and Spain to create a new fighter jet....


Clement Charpentreau
Safran and MTU to create joint venture for FCAS engine

The French manufacturer Safran and its German counterpart MTU Aero Engines reportedly reached an agreement on the engine for the future fighter jet developed by France, Germany and Spain. After an initial development led by Safran, the two companies will create a joint venture for the certification and production....


Clement Charpentreau
Airbus reveals LOUT, a German secret stealth drone demonstrator

During the 2019 edition of its Trade Media Briefing on November 5, 2019, Airbus Defense and Space unveiled the existence of its “Low Observable UAV Testbed”, or LOUT....


Clement Charpentreau
France and Germany reach export agreement of future fighter jet

France and Germany signed an arms export agreement regarding weapons developed conjointly, a necessary step for the development of the Future Air Combat System (FCAS) by Dassault and Airbus....


Clement Charpentreau
Airbus and Dassault urge their governments to act on the FCAS

This year, the Paris Air Show saw the signing of the agreement that set the legal framework for the joint development of the Future Air Combat System (FCAS) European fighter jet program started by France and Germany and recently joined by Spain. Since then, Dassault and Airbus have been eagerly waiting for the green light to start developing their demonstrators....


Paris Air Show
Dassault and Airbus present the Future Air Combat System

A year after it was made official in ILA Berlin, the European fighter program unveiled itself a bit more during the Paris Air Show 2019....


Clement Charpentreau
Spain to join French-German next fighter jet program

Spain is about to join France and Germany in the Future Combat Air System (FCAS) program to develop a new European fighter jet....


Clement Charpentreau
France invests €2 billion for Rafale new F4 standard

This massive improvement of the backbone of the French Air Force is one of the needed evolutions to extend its operational life until 2050, date after which the Rafale should be retired from service. Eventually, it should be replaced by the FCAS, of which Dassault is the main contractor, with Airbus as a partner....