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Safran and MTU Aero detail NGF partnership

4th December 2019 - 15:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Safran Aircraft Engines and MTU Aero Engines have agreed details of their partnership to develop the engine for the European Next Generation Fighter (NGF) for the Future Combat Air System programme.

The companies signed a Letter Of Intent in February 2019, which has now been crystalised with Safran taking the lead in engine design and integration, and MTU Aero Engines taking the lead in engine services.

Within the framework of the contractual scheme defined by France and Germany, Safran Aircraft Engines will be the prime contractor and MTU Aero Engines the main partner for the first phase of Research and Technology (Phase 1A).

The two partners also agreed on the foundation of a 50/50 joint venture that will be incorporated by the end of 2021 to manage the development, production and the after-sales support activities of the new engine that will power the NGF.

Olivier Andriès, CEO of Safran Aircraft Engines, and Michael Schreyögg, chief program officer of MTU Aero Engines, said: ‘This agreement is a major step forward, which reflects Safran Aircraft Engines and MTU Aero Engines' willingness to ensure a strong and effective management of the programme relying on a balanced partnership and clear accountabilities. Safran and MTU are committed to supply the forces with an innovative engine architecture which will be a key asset of their operational performances.’

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