France and Germany to develop new European fighter jet
So this happened today.
The German and French Governments had some kind of meetup today at which they announced a ‚eruopeanisation‘ oft he arms policy of both countries.
Meaning going forward, pretty much every major defense procurement project will be a joint effort of both countries.
Most of this is not aircraft related and might even make sense in some regard. For example, a couple of months ago Germanys leading tank manufacturer
KMW was (pretty much) taken over by the french defense company Nexter in ordert o develop the next iteration oft he Leopard Panzer to replace the
Leopard 2 and Leclerc.
Ist (jokingly) called Le Leo and might even happen during this century.
There is also talk today about a new Self Propelled Artillery (unneccessary IMO, just upgrade the PzH 2000), Maritime Patrol Aircraft (good, Germanys
P-3C Orion saga is an ongoing desaster), ‚modernization‘ of the Tiger helicotper (the less said the better) more cyber/comm stuff and a new
attempt for a European UCAV. The UCAV will be a long term project, Germany is currently in the process of aquiring Herons with a strike capability
from Israel. Or they’ll try again after the elections depending on what the next government thinks to be precise.
Most importantely and this is why i post this here, they actually announced a new joint effort to develop a ‚new genernation‘ european fighter jet
to replace the ‚current tactical air fleets‘ of both countries.
Most of the German media is reporting it tob e a specific replacement of the Eurofighter and while it may very well come to that, i think first and
foremost its aimed at replacing the Tornado on the German side.
Given the severe budgetary and politically constraints in Germany especially, they’ll end up with one single fighter project eventually anyway. So
not really important.
Of course they’ll want other European countries to join the effort as well, worked so well with the Eurofighter and pretty much every other European
defense project in recent years.
But think of it what you will – first and foremost it means, any effort for a German or even French procurement of the F-35 is dead in the water.
It’ll never happen, European unity in face of Brexit and Trump is too important.
edit on 13-7-2017 by mightmight because: (no reason given)