14 Jul '17, 2pm

France and Germany agree to jointly build new generation fighter jet

PARIS — France and Germany agreed to study building together a new fighter jet to succeed respectively the Dassault Rafale and Eurofighter Typhoon following a July 13 joint Cabinet meeting held here. Such a defense project marks a further step in the pursuit of a strong European defense, as a Franco-German combat aircraft would reverse a long-standing rivalry in export sales of that critical weapon system. The two countries seek to draw up a roadmap by mid-2018 to develop the next-generation fighter, as set out in a document issued after the high-level meeting led by President Emmanuel Macron and Chancellor Angela Merkel, Reuters reported. “Today, there are too many European standards and qualifications, and sometimes there is competition among Europeans internationally,” Macron told a joint news conference with Merkel. Such a Franco-German project casts doubt on the Futur...

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