France and Germany advance key military projects. New battle tank and fighter aircraft
As reported by Bloomberg, these crucial military projects, expected to bolster European security, are now advancing to another stage. The strengthening bonds between Paris and Berlin demonstrate this development, emphasized by the recent meeting between Germany's Chancellor Olaf Scholz and France's Prime Minister Gabriel Attal.
Despite previous disagreements between French and German corporations regarding export policy and intellectual property, Prime Minister Gabriel Attal and Chancellor Olaf Scholz believe their companies can resolve these issues and complete the two major projects – a new fighter aircraft and a main battle tank.
Bloomberg notes that the new fighter project - Future Combat Air System (FCAS) - aims to unite the French company, Dassault Aviation SA, with the German arm of Airbus SE, which focuses on defence and is currently part of a competing consortium, Eurofighter (which also includes BAE Systems Plc and Leonardo SpA).
The second Franco-German venture, part of the Main Ground Combat System project, involves the creation of a main battle tank, set to replace the Leopard 2 and Leclerc.
"I see both projects progressing smoothly. I am confident that these essential projects, which are crucial for our security, will conclude successfully," Chancellor Scholz said, as quoted by Bloomberg. The French Prime Minister emphasized both nations' determination to complete these projects.