Dhe Future Combat Air System (FCAS), Europe’s largest armaments project with an estimated total volume of up to 100 billion euros, is in the starting blocks. According to information from the FAZ, the signing of the contract began on Friday. The political negotiators from Germany, France and Spain are involved, as well as the European aerospace group on the industrial side airbus and the French defense company Dassault Aviation.
The AFP news agency reports that an agreement is imminent. She plans to start developing flight demonstrators now. However, a final signing of the contract is not planned for the next few days. Before that, Berlin, Paris and Madrid still have to give the green light, in the case of Germany the approval of the budget committee in the Bundestag is necessary. However, this is only a matter of form.
The 2017 by the then Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron, the FCAS project envisages the construction of fighter jets and swarms of drones that are networked with each other via data clouds (combat clouds). From 2040 onwards, the system is intended to replace the Rafale and Eurofighter fighter jets currently used by the armed forces in Germany, France and Spain. The complexity of the project and the different ideas of the industrial companies involved regarding the division of labor have led to tough negotiations over the past few months.