France and Germany will study a joint program to build a next generation fighter jet. The aircraft would succeed the Dassault Rafale and Eurofighter Typhoon.
The two nations will draw up a roadmap in mid-2018 to develop the next generation fighter.
France operates the Rafale while Germany flies the Eurofighter.
The development sends a message to Britain which has opted to leave the European Union, say defence analysts. The Telegraph newspaper in the UK has noted that some analysts have questioned the exclusion of the UK in the potential new program, saying it is a sign of Britain’s waning influence as Europe’s leading military power in the wake of the vote for Brexit.
Still, BAE in the United Kingdom hopes it – and the UK – will be involved in some way.
Britain is purchasing the F-35 but continues to operate and upgrade its Typhoons.
Source: Ottawa Citizen.