Airbus, Dassault agree partnership for new fighter jet project - It would not be a copy of the U.S. F-35 fighter, but would be more ambitious
It would not be a copy of the U.S. F-35 fighter, but would be more ambitious
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APRIL 25, 2018
They are awaiting details from the French and German governments on the exact requirements for the program, which is set to include a fighter jet, unmanned aerial vehicles, connectivity and secure communications.
"It's a really important moment to stabilize the European defense industry and work together in a structured manner," Airbus Defence and Space CEO Dirk Hoke told reporters at the Berlin air show.
Germany and France have agreed on the central requirements for a new fighter jet to replace Eurofighter Typhoon and Rafale warplanes beginning in 2040, and officials from the two countries will sign an outline document on the sidelines of the show, military sources said on Tuesday.
The two companies want to ensure that Europe retains control over its future weapons systems, Eric Trappier, CEO of Dassault Aviation said.
"I don't feel that if other European countries buy off the shelf American products that you contribute to strategic autonomy," Trappier said.
Whether the French and German governments decide to involve Britain in future projects would likely depend on the conditions around its exit from the European Union, Hoke said.
France is working with...