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AIRBUS DEFENCE AND SPACE UNVEILS 5TH GENERATION FIGHTER


AIRBUS PLANS EUROFIGHTER AND RAFALE REPLACEMENT 

AIRBUS DEFENCE IS VERY SERIOUS ABOUT 5TH GENERATION FIGHTER, AND IT IS KEEN TO BE EUROPE WIDE PROJECT ENCOMPASSING ALL MAJOR EU NATIONS;
 SPAIN, FRANCE, GERMANY, ITALY, THE NETHERLANDS AND POSSIBLY EVEN THE UK. 

AIRBUS DEFENCE AND SPACE (DS) HAS REVEALED A NEW FIGHTER CONCEPT THAT COULD SERVE AS A POTENTIAL REPLACEMENT FOR THE EUROFIGHTER TYPHOON AND DASSAULT RAFALE IN THE 2040-TIMEFRAME.

FCS OR FUTURE COMBAT AIR SYSTEM WILL ACT AS POTENTIAL REPLACEMENT FOE NOW PERHAPS INADEQUATE GENERATION 4 FIGHTERS AND BY 2040S RAFALE AND EUROFIGHTER TYPHOON JETS. IT SEEMS GERMANY AND FRANCE HAVE TAKEN THE DECISION TO DEVELOP A NEW COMBAT AIRCRAFT TO MAINTAIN SOVEREIGN AND EUROPEAN CAPABILITIES. 

AIRBUS INITIALLY PITCHED 5TH GENERATION FIGHTER CONCEPT TO GERMAN AIR FORCE (LUFTWAFFE) AS REPLACEMENT FOR PANAVIA TORNADO, NOW AGING EARLY GEN 4 STRIKE FIGHTER. HOWEVER, INITIAL DEVELOPMENT COSTS AND TIME FRAME OF EXPECTED SERVICE ENTRY, THE PROPOSED 5TH GENERATION FIGHTER WON’T BE READY BEFORE 2035 AT THE EARLIEST, IN TIME FOR EUROFIGHTER TYPHOON REPLACEMENT PROGRAM WITH IN GERMAN AIR FORCE. 

FRENCH RAFALE WILL ALSO NEED REPLACING WITH IN FRENCH AIR FORCE AND IT IS EXPECTED FRANCE WILL PLAY CRUCIAL ROLE IN NEXT GEN FIGHTER DEVELOPMENT. TOO EARLY TO ESTIMATE COST OF THE PROGRAM , BUT KNOWING PAN EUROPEAN DEFENCE PROJECTS TEND TO COST MORE, IT IS LIKELY THE WHOLE DEVELOPMENT MIGHT BE PROTRACTED AFFAIR TAKING SEVERAL DECADE WITH FIRST AIRCRAFT JOINING FRENCH AND GERMAN AIR FORCES SOMETIMES IN MID 2040S.

SPAIN, THE UK, POLAND AND NUMBER OF SMALL EU NATIONS WILL BE LOOKING AT REPLACING THEIR COMBAT AIRCRAFT OR SUPPLEMENT THEIR F-35 FIGHTERS AS IS THE CASE OF ITALY, SPAIN, POLAND AND THE NETHERLANDS. 

VERY LITTLE IS KNOWN ABOUT THE PROPOSED FUTURE FIGHTER, COSTS, DEVELOPMENT SCHEDULE OR EVEN THE CAPABILITY OF THE FUTURE FIGHTER, HOWEVER DEVELOPMENT OF 6 GENERATION FIGHTER BY US SHOULD GIVE US SOME INKLING AS TO THE DIRECTION OF FUTURE OF EUROPEAN 5TH GENERATION FIGHTER. 

TIME WILL TELL HOW SUCCESSFUL THE FUTURE EUROPEAN FIGHTER WILL BE.