Germany, Spain and France on Friday reached an industrial agreement to equip their armed forces with a modern air weapon system, and to consolidate, develop and strengthen the technological and industrial defense base.
The project, which is called NGWS/FCAS (New Generation Weapons System/Future Combat Air System), will involve three states equally, sources in the Spanish Ministry of Defense told EFE.
These sources added that the agreement strengthens Europe’s military capabilities and provides important experience for European industry.
The development of this project involves a new generation of combat aircraft with drones and advanced electronic systems.
In May 2021, the three states reached an agreement on a new phase of FCAS development with an investment of €3.5 billion over the period 2021-2020.
But the project, launched in 2017, was marked by constant friction between the Germans and the French over the division of the industrial production of the aircraft.
Among the European companies that will take part in the project are French Airbus and Dassault, as well as Indra from Spain.