France and Germany to work together on new generation fighter jet

Forth Generation Dassault Rafale and EF2000 Typhoon flying in formation with Fifth Generation Lockheed Martin F-22.

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.

“I can’t say what it will be, and I can’t say when (but) one way or another, the U.K. and BAE will have an involvement,” Chris Boardman, managing director of BAE’s military air and information activities, told reporters in response to the news.

Britain is purchasing the F-35 but continues to operate and upgrade its Typhoons.

Source: Ottawa Citizen.

5 thoughts on “France and Germany to work together on new generation fighter jet”

  1. I don’t see any increase in the defence budget to start building new fighters. The F-35 will be as much as the RAF gets. Public service employees have had their wages capped for years and the NHS is on its knees.

    1. Absolutely. The Franco-German project will take at least 20 years to develop, they are a little late to the ‘Fifth-Generation’ party. We are already a tier one contributor to the F-35. As you say John, the public sector desparately needs funds.

    1. It seems so Andy. Their main motivation seems to be to keep the British out of the venture. The motivation may be as some form of punishment for Brexit. However, the deputy defence secretary pointed out that we have already invested a great deal of money into a fifth generation fighter programme, as the only other tier one contributing nation next to the United States in the F-35. Why would we want or even have the funds to invest in another such programme that will likely take 20 years or more to develop?

      1. Indeed Rich, as John pointed out with the state of the economy, budgets being slashed etc, we won’t have the money. What’s more, if Labour were to get in, it would be another TSR 2 and scrapped at the first opportunity.

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