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Tango0123 Jun 2017 10:03 p.m. PST

"Europe is embarking on an expensive and politically charged effort to develop a new combat jet that will shape the future of the European fighter industry and its three existing programs: Eurofighter, France's Rafale and Sweden's Gripen.

Two people with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters early talks had started on whether and how European countries could co-operate on a new sixth-generation fighter, which could involve a combination of manned and unmanned systems.

Though complicated by Britain's decision to leave the European Union, business executives and politicians at the Paris Airshow this week said U.S. President Donald Trump's cooler stance toward Europe had given the effort some fresh momentum…"
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VVV reply26 Jun 2017 1:07 a.m. PST

Oh, we will return to the Spitfire :)

28mm Fanatik26 Jun 2017 9:08 a.m. PST

The Sepecat Jaguar, Panavia Tornado and Eurofighter Typhoon have demonstrated that joint development of fighters are very possible.

It's just a matter of negotiating which nation's aerospace industry gets which piece of the pie.

Lion in the Stars26 Jun 2017 3:51 p.m. PST

And keeping the players in the game (Rafale v Typhoon).

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