The release of the European sixth-generation fighter FCAS may be delayed until 2050, but not because of the F-35 Lightning II

The sixth generation European fighter has problems again. But this time the American F-35 Lightning II

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What is known

The fighter is being developed as part of the programFuture Combat Air System (FCAS) joint efforts of France, Germany, Spain. The aircraft was originally expected between 2035 and 2040, but could eventually be delayed by as much as a decade.

Disagreements between the participants of the FCAS project sharplychange plans for the development and production of the sixth generation fighter. Germany and France cannot agree on who should play what role. Dassault and Airbus are not able to distribute the scope of work and responsibility among themselves. In addition, Germany takes a long time to make decisions on the project, as the parliament votes slowly and reluctantly.

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Dassault wants to get more quotas forproduction of fighter jets and hopes to make some decisions on its own. Airbus says that it is not a regular supplier, but a main partner and member of the FCAS project. Therefore, the company wants no decisions to be made without its participation.

For those who are not in the know

European sixth generation fighterturned out to be a very problematic aircraft. Experts argued that the American F-35 Lightning II would be a big problem for him, since he was of interest to more than a dozen European countries. But, as we can see, France and Germany put spokes in their own wheels.

The conflict between two members of the FCAS project has begunnot today. In 2021, countries also reached a dead end. France said that the German defense industry, through participation in the fighter program, can access French technology and use it for their own projects.

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And do not forget that somewhere beyond the Britishthe channel runs the Tempest program in parallel. BAE Systems is also working on a sixth-generation fighter that could replace the Eurofighter Typhoon. Its appearance is scheduled for 2035.

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