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Airbus pushes for FCAS demonstrators in France, Germany and Spain

12th February 2021 - 17:30 GMT | by Tim Martin in London

Airbus has had its say on demonstrator developments concerning FCAS.

Airbus is proposing three Next Generation Fighter (NGF) demonstrators, based partly on legacy Rafale and Eurofighter parts, for the Future Combat Aircraft System (FCAS) programme in France, Germany and Spain.

The move arrives in the wake of criticism from Airbus Defence Works Council and German metalworkers' union IG Metall that if only one prototype is built by Dassault in France, using a Rafale-based design, then FCAS will become an effort mainly favouring France, but heavily financed by Germany.

‘If Germany does not build its own demonstrator, this [Tornado and Eurofighter technology] know-how will be lost,’ Bernhard Stiedl, Ingolstadt IG Metall

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Tim Martin


Tim Martin

Tim Martin is Air Editor for Shephard Media, based in Belfast. 

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