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France and Germany Have High Hopes for New Fighter Jet

Aug 15, 2017 | 09:00 GMT
France and Germany have agreed to work together on a next generation fighter jet.

Given the sheer costs of developing a next generation fighter -- with its requisite stealth, cutting-edge avionics and highly advanced engine -- it is not clear that any Western European country can afford to go it alone anymore.

(ROBERT ZAVALA/Stratfor)

Cooperation by France and Germany on a next generation jet fighter could boost defense integration on the Continent. The two countries agreed in July to proceed with the development of a new jet to eventually replace their existing fighter fleets. The decision, which French President Emmanuel Macron labeled a "far-reaching revolution," also has broad implications for global fighter sales. However, it will take more than a joint fighter project to satisfy Franco-German ambitions for greater European defense integration....

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