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originally posted by: RadioRobert
I think every partner and potential partner to Tempest and FCAS (or whatever they are calling themselves today) realizes that if they want a healthy, sustainable, and affordable large-scale program "there can be only one". The rest is just a race to see which side can grab the most partners to commit first and force the other program to submit and the battle over workshare.
Think of how much cheaper EFA and Rafale would have ended up if they hadn't divorced. Not a knock on Rafale, which I think is superior to the Tiff in a few ways, but a lower unit cost would have driven exports for the original combined program. France now gets essentially 100% of 165 Rafale airframes instead of 30% of a combined program acquisition of 800 (+ whatever could be bought inside or outside the consortium for the same money based on savings and lowered unit price) which could still be healthy moving forward from today in 2018.
Noone wants a repeat.
t276 Rafale have been ordered, built in one country with a 100% French plane (Dassault, Safran, Thales)
623 Eurofighter have been ordered, built in four country
Germany and France will welcome Spain as a full partner in their program to develop a next-generation air combat system, and expect to sign an agreement finalizing the move at the Paris Air Show in June, a German government source said on Wednesday.
Paris and Berlin initially planned to offer Spain observer status on the program, but Spain this week formally asked to participate as a fully fledged partner, which will also require certain financial outlays.