Germany approves next phase of European fighter jet
The budget committee in the Bundestag lower house of parliament gave the green light for the project, known as the Future Combat Air System (FCAS), to progress to research and development phases 1B and 2 between 2021 and 2027.
According to a government document seen by AFP, the next steps in the project are set to cost Germany a total of almost 4.5 billion euros ($5.3 billion).
France and Germany announced plans to build a common fighter in 2017, with Spain joining later.
The plane is slated to replace French-made Rafale jets and German and Spanish Eurofighter planes by 2040.
In Phase 2, France’s Dassault Aviation and European planemaker Airbus are to build a demonstrator aimed at testing the reliability of the jet’s cutting-edge technology. ■