Some commentary from the CEO of the European Defency Agency on whether FCAS and Tempest are both sustainable going forward. Other comments include an expectation that there will be a consolidation of the European defence industry over the next 5-10 years.
Perhaps the solution is to have BAE buy Dassault… I wonder where we would be today if Airbus and BAE had merged or if Enders suggestion in 2018 of the fighter divisions of Airbus and BAE merging. I’m not sure now the respective Governments would let it happen. 3 questions with the EU defense chief on Europe’s future fighters
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Underway in Europe are two high profile sixth-generation aircraft efforts: the Franco-German-Spanish Future Combat Air System, and Britain’s Tempest fighter. But will they converge? Defense News asked the chief executive of the European Defence Agency, Jorge Domecq, for his take on the future of these programs.
It’s quite possible the FCAS program by Spain, Germany and France and the British Tempest program will lead to a situation of two fighters. What’s your assessment?
We’ll have to see, but FCAS is not going to be just one platform. It’s going to be a system of systems. It will be a very complex program; it will take many years. It will be very important for it to be sustainable, that it has the economies of scale that are necessary. And at the same time, as we have these three initial member states signing up, I do not exclude this would bring on other member states as we go long.
What will happen with the Tempest project, I cannot say.
But as the person that oversees FCAS, you would like to see some convergence, right?
Europe would probably have to see convergence toward having a single system of systems, but as I underlined, it’s not an issue of platform. As always, thinking of the competitiveness of the European defense industry, we have to think of program sustainability. Is the next generation of combat aircraft sustainable with several systems of systems in Europe? I have my doubts.