A future combat aircraft of the franco-German see the light of day. Airbus and Dassault Aviation announced Wednesday, April 25, have reached an agreement in principle around the development of the future combat aircraft of the franco-German, the principle of which had been announced in July 2017 by Paris and Berlin.
Airbus and Dassault have “combined their forces for the development and production of the air combat System of the future european (Scaf)” to the year 2040, were announced the two groups on the occasion of the airshow in Berlin (ILA). “It is an agreement-in-principle. The first message is to say “yes, we are ready” for the development of the Scaf,” said the CEO of Dassault Aviation, Eric Trappier, at a joint press conference with the boss of Airbus Defense and Space, Dirk Hoke, in the German capital.
“This is a historic moment for the industry”
“We are ready and we say to our ministries of Defence, to our political leaders : we’re ready, now go there,” he added. “This is a historic moment for industry” aerospace, has completed Dirk Hoke. “This is a big step forward for developing skills in Europe and ensure european sovereignty”, he added.
Paris and Berlin are expected to announce “significant first step” in view of the launch of this program at the show, had stated the French minister Florence Parly, at the beginning of April. The two capitals agreed last summer to develop “a combat system european air” which is intended to replace the horizon 2040 fleet of current fighter aircraft, the Rafale from France and Eurofighter Typhoon for Germany.