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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP19 Jun 2017 3:44 p.m. PST

"That could all change, however, if a proposal from Airbus Defence & Space's head of military aircraft is to become a reality. Little more than a week before the aerospace industry gathered for its annual showcase event in Paris, Fernando Alonso invited France to work alongside Germany and Spain on a project intended to develop a successor to the Eurofighter Typhoon. Even bolder was his suggestion that such an activity could be pursued without the UK, due to uncertainty over the industrial impact of its EU exit strategy.

At one point in the past, Paris was aligned with its neighbours on pursuing a common fighter, but needs diverged and it instead tasked Dassault with creating the Rafale: one of the Typhoon's fiercest export rivals. By doing so, Europe duplicated investment in key technologies, before unveiling products which appear to be strikingly similar to all but the well-trained eye…."
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