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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP23 Jun 2018 9:46 p.m. PST

"France and Germany will work together to build a new fighter jet set to enter service in the mid-21st century. The unnamed fighter will enter service around 2040 and is set to have advanced capabilities including the ability to command swarms of drones. The collaboration between the two countries and long lead time is largely a function of the growing complexity of modern military equipment, which can take billions of dollars and a decade or more to develop.

The two countries signed an agreement to jointly develop a new fighter jet on Tuesday, June 19th. Under the agreement France will take the lead, while Germany will help finance the project and purchase a large number of aircraft. France's aerospace industry is much more developed than Germany's and has fielded several fighter jets on its own, including the current Rafale. (A similar agreement signed between the countries to co-develop a next generation main battle tank has Germany taking the lead.)…."
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28mm Fanatik24 Jun 2018 11:46 a.m. PST

Unlike Britain, neither France nor Germany will be buying 5th-gen F-35's, so it stands to reason that they will need to develop their own next-gen combat aircraft.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP24 Jun 2018 2:06 p.m. PST



Lion in the Stars25 Jun 2018 2:46 p.m. PST

If they're only starting development now, the EuroFighter V will be entering service about the time the US is deploying 6th gen fighters.

Apache 627 Jun 2018 12:23 p.m. PST

I doubt the US will develop a 6th Gen fighter. I would bet the F-22/F-35 replacement will be drone command aircraft, more like a EWAC aircraft then a "fighter."

Lion in the Stars28 Jun 2018 10:34 a.m. PST

The Navy's still planning on a fighter to replace the Super Bugs (and be a generation after the F22), and the current open discussion is some manned birds and some unmanned, but all with the same airframe.

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