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originally posted by: moebius
Afaik, on the UK side there are no actual agreements with any partners as to who gets what part of the cake, are there?
“Europe needs one strong project for securing its air and space sovereignty,” he said. “Can we do one project today at the time of Brexit? Probably not. So, it’s important that the FCAS [Franco-German project] keeps moving forward. Will there be a possibility to have one European project at a later stage? I hope so.”
originally posted by: RexKramerPRT
Looks like the boss of Airbus prefers a single European effort.
originally posted by: anzha
a reply to: paraphi
Italians seem happy with tilting to Team Tempest.
But then, the head of the Luftwaffe was tilting to the F-35. And we wall know what happened to him.
The Japanese defense ministry has published a new design for the country’s next fighter, suggesting an even greater emphasis on range and payload than before.
The picture, not confirmed as a preferred design, appeared as the ministry detailed total funding of ¥28 billion ($255,780,000) for the fighter and related technologies in the fiscal year beginning April 1, 2020.
A change in the program name from Future Fighter to Next Generation Fighter (NGF), mentioned by Defense Minister Kono Taro on Dec. 17, is confirmed in the defense ministry’s Japanese-language report on its budget for fiscal 2020.
The twin-engine type is intended to enter service in the 2030s. Japan is considering proposals for cooperation with British and U.S. partners.
An illustration of the design differs markedly in planform from the most recent that has previously been shown, which was called 26DMU and prepared in fiscal 2014. The new design is somewhat reminiscent of concepts for the proposed Future Combat Air System and Tempest fighter programs, the former led by France and Germany and the latter by Britain. The Tempest is a possible basis for NGF.
These concepts have been extraordinarily large, bigger than the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor—perhaps suggesting that Godzilla would be a better project name than Next Generation Fighter.