An agreement was also reached for the engine of the warplane to be produced within the scope of Europe’s Next Generation Air Combat System (FCAS) project. Thus, another hurdle has been overcome for the 2040 target.
We have conveyed to you that the parties have reached an agreement for the prototype of the next-generation Air Combat System (FCAS) project, which is expected to be the common fighter aircraft of Europe and is expected to replace the Eurofighter and Rafale warplanes by 2040. Now, news of an agreement came from the companies mentioned for the engine of the aircraft to be developed within the scope of the project.
The French Safran, German MTU Aero and Spanish ITP, whose names are mentioned within the scope of the engine supply of the warplane, signed a tripartite partnership framework agreement. The engine process, which started with the partnership of French and German companies in the first place, made the partnership of Spanish ITP compulsory with the participation of Spain in the project in 2019.
When it comes to the responsibilities of the companies in the engine development process, we see that the big brother is French Saffron. The company will be responsible for the main design and assembly of the engine, while the German MTU will be responsible for the maintenance and support process. The Spanish company will take care of the low pressure turbine, nozzle and other parts of the engine.
In the statement made by MTU within the scope of the agreement, “We will focus on the important processes ahead with a joint effort as a result of the agreement. In this context, it will be our priority to accelerate the development process in order to reach the deadline of 2040 and to guarantee the tender by exhibiting the test version of the engine in the coming months. ” statements were included.
In the FCAS program, Dassault is currently working on an invisible fighter jet with delta wing design, while Airbus is working on an ultra-fast communication network system called a drone combat cloud system that will enable artificial intelligence applications. The FCAS project is not yet supported by any other European country except Germany, France and Spain.