Airbus, the renowned European plane-maker and France’s Dassault Aviation, in their recent announcement have unveiled that they have agreed to join forces to co-operate on Europe’s Future Air Combat System (FCAS). The duo further reported that they will be working conjointly on the projects which are allegedly slated to complement & sooner or later replace the current generation of Rafale fighter and Eurofighter aircraft between 2035 and 2040.
Sources reveal that the two companies are awaiting necessary detail from the German and French governments over the precise requirements for the program that is likely to include UAVs or military drones, fighter jets, secure communications and connectivity.
If industry experts are to be believed, the use of drones for surveillance, reconnaissance activities, and intelligence have witnessed an exponential growth graph in the recent years. In fact, defense had a dominant application arena of military drone market in the year 2016.
The procurement of advanced drones for government application such as law enforcement operations, streamlined administrative control, enhanced public safety, and improved productivity & monitoring has been the major driving force uplifting military drone industry and Airbus & Dassault’s merger is further likely to expand growth.
Dirk Hoke, CEO, Airbus Defense and Space has been quoted saying that it is quite important to stabilize the European defense industry and work cooperatively in a structured manner.
Reliable reports reveal that France and Germany have reached an agreement on the central requirements for a new fighter jet aircraft that will replace the Rafale and Eurofighter Typhoon war planes from 2040. Officials from the respective countries will be signing an outline contract on the sidelines of the show, cite military sources familiar with the matter.
It has been reported that the decision of the two countries has also sparked some concerns in the UK, which is allegedly facing questions over how it will maintain its capability for once the work is completed on the Eurofighter Typhoon in the ensuing years.