UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — France and Germany have ordered a fifth generation combat aircraft from Airbus and Dassault Aviation. The contract so far involves only the development of a technology demonstrator, and not a full fighter. This is given to aircraft manufacturers a year and a half, the Airbus press service reports.
This is a project of FCAS, or Future Combat Air System. They first talked about him back in mid-2018. Then Ursula von der Lain, who held the post of Minister of Defense of Germany, and the head of the military department of France Florence Parley signed a memorandum of understanding in the field of creating advanced weapons systems.
The new European aircraft should be integrated into the cloud-based battle control system, be able to work in conjunction with any modern and promising drones, use the latest weapons.
It is clarified that tests of the fifth-generation European serial aircraft are planned for 2026. In addition to Airbus and Dassault Aviation, Safran, Thales, MTU Aero Engines and MBDA are working on the FCAS project.
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