Airbus, Dassault Lose Patience With Slow FCAS (Future Combat Air System) Progress
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October 8, 2019 - by Thierry Dubois for aviationweek.com
LYON, France—It is high time the French and German governments launched the demonstrator phase of their joint Future Combat Air System (FCAS) program, Airbus Defense and Space CEO Dirk Hoke and Dassault Aviation CEO Eric Trappier said in an Oct. 7 joint statement.
The schedule for what would be a major step forward in the program has been delayed since early this year. Airbus and Dassault officially submitted proposals last June at the Paris Air Show.
The demonstrators could include an aircraft, an engine and a communications system.
Hoke and Trappier are taking the opportunity of the upcoming Franco-German ministerial council meeting on Oct. 16 in Toulouse to remind both governments of the importance of moving ahead fast.
"If Europe does not move forward—and move forward quickly—on this program, it will...
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