Lockheed F-35 Is Old School: France and Germany Have Big 6th Generation Fighter Dreams
The first FCAS prototypes are expected to fly by 2026
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July 12, 2020 - by Mark Episkopos for nationalinterest.org
- The first FCAS prototypes are expected to fly by 2026.
Here's What You Need to Remember: More than just a plane or series of systems, FCAS has become a crucial next chapter in the emergence of a common European defense industry.
France and Germany have unveiled their much-anticipated Future Combat System (FCAS) at this year's Paris Air Show, formally entering the global race for a sixth-generation fighter.
FCAS is the successor to aircraft manufacturer Dassault's four-decade old, fourth-generation Rafale fighter, boasting a bubble canopy design accompanied by what appears to be a fully digitized onboard display. FCAS is significantly larger than its predecessor, but—as with virtually all other fifth and likely sixth generation stealth fighters—will likely only come in a single seat version.
Given France's dedication to a Carrier Strike Group naval doctrine, carrier-compatible FCAS variants are all but guaranteed.
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