France and Germany announced a €65 million contract to design a next-generation combat jet system over the next two years.
The joint partnership was announced in July 2017 by President Emmanuel Macron and Chancellor Angela Merkel and will be followed by a number of weapons systems, including drones. will be led by Dassault Aviation and Airbus and the jet-fighter should be ready to succeed Dassault’s Rafale and Germany’s Eurofighters by 2040.
The consortium of developments will also include Sarfran, MTU Aero Engines, missile maker MBDA, and Thales electronics.
The UK’s BAE Systems will develop, in partnership with Italy’s Leonardo. its own next-generation fighter by 2040. Dubbed “Tempest” the next generation fighter was unveiled at the Farnborough Air Show in July.