AA | Monday, May 17, 2021 – 17:22 | Last Updated: 17 05 2021 – 17:22
Germany, France and Spain reached an agreement on the steps to be taken in the next generation fighter jet, which is planned to be jointly produced to reduce Europe’s dependence on the USA.
It is stated that the agreement includes regulations on R&D, technology, usage rights and the maximum financial contribution of Germany for the new generation fighter aircraft.
The jets within the scope of the project are planned to be produced by the European aviation company Airbus and the French company Dassault Aviation. The jets will replace the Rafale warplanes produced by the German Eurofighter and Dassault.
Requirements for the air combat system, including drones and satellites, will be decided in 2027 and the development phase will begin in 2030.
The system is not expected to serve until 2040.
Failing to be a major actor in the global struggle, Europe’s dependence on the US in defense and its inability to compete with US-China-based companies in key technological developments has been discussed by the European public for a long time.