art wrote:texl1649 wrote:An agreement for work share on a technology demonstrator today makes it seem quite improbable any IOC could be achieved prior to 2035, if past is prelude (Eurofighter, A400M).
Germany will be getting more Eurofighters in coming years and possibly F/A-18. France will be getting more Rafales. Spain could order more Eurofighters/F-35 in the near future to replace Hornets Is there any great urgency in getting FCAS into service before mid-2030's?
Yes, if they want to operate tactical aircraft before the mid-30’s in contested air space. France and Germany will be fully 40 years behind in getting/using/applying tactics for stealth aircraft it seems. The F-15EX is a hot debate topic precisely because it will struggle in any future conflict due to advances/threats from advanced defenses, on the other side of the pond, yet the two primary EU powers are happy to skip another 15 years. It’s sort of shocking, really.