France, Germany and Spain announced today that they have reached a next step in the development of a new fighter jet, which is Europe’s largest defense project, valued at more than 100 billion euros.
France particularly emphasized this project, which includes a new generation of fighter jets and unmanned aircraft, which is the key to European defense autonomy in the face of competition from China, Russia and the United States.
The new phase of the future combat aviation system (FCAS) development should cost 35 billion euros, which will cover these three countries on average.
French Defense Minister Florence Pali said: “France, Germany and Spain are making one of the most important weapons for European sovereignty in the 21st century.”
Dassault Aviation, Airbus and Indra (the latter two companies representing Germany and Spain, respectively) are involved in a project that will replace the French Rafale and Desi Eurofighter from 2040.