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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
German military refuses new A400M deliveries over safety concerns

The Bundeswehr, the German military, announced it would not accept deliveries of two A400M Atlas transport aircraft due to recurring technical problems....


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....


Rytis Beresnevicius
European Commission approves €380 million loan to Condor

A crucial loan to secure the former Thomas Cook subsidiary, Condor future has been approved by the European Commission. However, the EC has laid out some ground rules in order to keep fair competition intact:  ...


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....


Clement Charpentreau
US F-16 fighter jet crashes during training near Trier, Germany

An F-16C fighter jet belonging to the United States Air Force crashed near Zemmer, close to the German border with Luxembourg, on October 8, 2019. The aircraft was on a training flight involving several other F-16s at the time of the incident....


Clement Charpentreau
Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet to replace the German Tornado?

Since 2017, the German government has been actively looking to replace its aging fleet of Panavia Tornado aircraft. The strike aircraft that entered service in the 1970s is now even too old to participate in NATO missions. After eliminating the Lockheed F-35 and the Boeing F-15 SE, the German Ministry of Defense could now be favoring the Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet over its homemade fighter jet, the Eurofighter Typhoon. In a scenario reminisc...


Rytis Beresnevicius
Berlin-Brandenburg Airport targets 2020 opening

The troubled airport in Berlin, which was supposed to open in 2011, might actually open in 2020. However, a lot of scepticism is still hovering, including from the airport's CEO:...


Clement Charpentreau
Condor to fly despite Thomas Cook bankruptcy

The German airline Condor, a subsidiary of the bankrupt British tour operator Thomas Cook, obtained a state loan guaranteed by the German state of €380 million which will allow it to continue to fly....