Airbus, the French-based firm, is preparing to make a new fighter jet as the EU rolls out its defence integration project.
Fernando Alonso, the head of the firm’s military branch, told Handelsblatt, a German newspaper, that Germany and Spain have already signed up for the project and that he hoped France would also come on board.
“We are working on various building blocks in Germany and Spain, some of the financing comes from the governments, we hope for more,” he said.
“We hope that France will also participate, because we have to work together in Europe, there is no more space for two or three different systems”, he added.
Referring to EU defence integration, he said: “The time is ripe for making and implementing a decision in Europe”.
The Airbus project is to be called the Future Combat Air System (FCAS) and is to replace the Eurofighter and Tornado fighter jet models in Germany as well as the F18 in Spain.
If France joined, it might also replace the French fighter jet, the Rafale, when that becomes obsolete in 2030, Handelsblatt said.
Another option would be to buy F35 fighter jets from the US.
But that would be seen as an untimely gift for US leader Donald Trump, who has belittled and confused EU allies since coming to power.
Full article: EU states eye production of new fighter jet (euobserver)