Given such ambitious deadlines, together European nations must elaborate a common roadmap planning the necessary requirements and targets set by the countries involved. The launch of a joint study by France and Germany this year is a critical milestone. A contract for the development of the FCAS demonstrator with its different components (new fighter, system of system and cloud, unmanned effectors…) should be annexed to the joint study and should explicitly highlight the details behind both countries’ engagement from 2025 onwards.
As part of ILA Berlin 2018, Airbus and Dassault have announced their intention of working together on developing FCAS. “Airbus and Dassault Aviation have the ideal know-how to lead a project like FCAS”, confirmed Dirk Hoke, CEO of Airbus Defence and Space. Another important step was reached with the signature of a letter of intent between Germany and France on 19 June 2018. But Germany and France’s commitment is not enough. FCAS should be and is a European project that transcends national borders, bringing in involvement from countries such as Spain, Italy, Sweden, Belgium and more. For Europe to secure its defence autonomy, it requires the commitment and support of all nations. Not only is FCAS one of the most important European industry and defence programmes for the years to come, but it is also an important integrator towards a larger common, united European defence and security programme.