It is expected to be the common fighter jet of Europe and to replace the Eurofighter and Rafale fighter planes by 2040. Next Generation Air Combat System (Future Combat Air System -FCAS) An agreement has been reached for the prototype of the aircraft to be produced within the scope of the project. In project scope Production of manned and unmanned aerial platforms is envisaged.
With the countries that will undertake the production Companies consisting of Airbus and the French Dassault between delayed for a long time due to roughness this way, the project will take action again. The project, whose announcement was made by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron for the first time under the partnership of the trio of Germany, France and Spain, did not progress due to political differences between countries and disputes between companies.
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Located at the center of intercompany disputes to resolve intellectual property issues Dassault CEO Eric Trappier said that the leaders of the member states should find a way out, saying that he is ready for a large-scale business sharing with Airbus for the FCAS project and that they have a B plan if the negotiations do not come out.
The statements made by the Airbus wing indicate that the company is seen as a subcontractor rather than a real partner. Experts believe Dassault’s attitude is due to his expertise in proven warplanes such as Mirage and Rafale. The concern that the company’s expertise in fighter jets could be used by a competitor for its own benefit seems to have made Dassault somewhat persistent in this sense.
Dassault in the FCAS program as of now, on invisible fighter jet with delta wing design while working Airbus, on the other hand, is called the drone combat cloud system and is ultra-fast communication network systems that will enable artificial intelligence applications working on it. The names of French Safran, German MTU Aero and Rolls Royce’s Spanish partner ITP are mentioned as part of the engine supply of the warplane.
Experts warn the relevant companies and countries about the project, which is expected to be implemented by 2040. For fighter jets, drones and network systems The authorities, who anticipate an investment of 50 to 80 billion euros, warns that costs may rise. Also, developed under the leadership of British BAE Systems Tempest fighter jet program is also an important competitor for FCAS. Britain, Sweden, Italy and the Netherlands have established partnerships for Tempest.
Note that the FCAS project is not yet supported by any other European country except Germany, France and Spain.