Can European countries join Spain in aircraft production by 2040? It also very much depends on whether these countries can settle the disputes soon
Attempts by many European countries to build a joint European fighter may fail if Germany and France continue to argue and fail to reach a final consensus in the negotiations.

In particular, the two European powers are arguing over technology, cost sharing, and division of work around their Future Air Defense Systems (FCAS) project. According to the roadmap, this new fighter is expected to enter service in 2040.

The FCAS is a sixth generation fighter that follows previous European joint fighter development programs, including the Tornado attack jet, the Eurofighter Typhoon and the Tiger attack helicopter.

France has extensive experience in the design and construction of fighter jets, including the highly successful Mirage jet and the Rafale fighter. Meanwhile, Germany and Spain, have less experience and are currently focusing on the development of the Eurofighter fighter.

According to Reuters , France and Germany are deadlocked on two out of seven points in the contract. One of the issues raised is intellectual property rights. France complains that Germany is trying to access French defense technology and of course the German side has always denied this. The two countries are also arguing over the division of the payments, accurately describing each side's job in building fighter jets, and even Germany not participating in combat operations abroad.

The original FCAS project had an estimated cost of $ 120 billion, including crew and flightless systems. France and Germany want to allocate costs to as many parties as possible to reduce the pressure. However, the logistic problem is another bottleneck when not all countries' logistics are the same. Therefore, the addition of Spain in this project adds to the complexity of the problem.

Germany and France signed an agreement to build FCAS in 2017. The two countries aim to spend 23 years researching and building a new fighter jet capable of replacing the French Rafales and the German Eurofighter fighter. and Spain in 2040.

That means existing fighter models will only be able to service for a minimum of another 19 years and will remain in design from the 1980s.

But since then, the plan has remained in place as France and Germany are still arguing over many issues. In the worst case scenario if the project disintegrates, the three countries will be forced to regroup into a smaller coalition, collaborate with others or do research on their own.

However, this is not necessarily a bad signal when the US Air Force has demonstrated that scientific and technical advances can help a country to design, build and fly new fighter jets in just one minute. year.

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