German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen has described the signing as a “big day for the European defense union.” The ‘Future Combat Air System’ is due to be operational by 2040.
Germany, France and Spain on Monday signed a deal for a next-generation European fighter plane.
The framework was agreed between the defense ministers of each nation with French President Emmanuel Macron in attendance at the Paris Air Show in Le Bourget, just north of the French capital.
The arrangement will include a joint air combat system that could also control drones and satellites.
German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen said it was a “big day for the European defense union.”
The Future Combat Air System (FCAS) is expected to be operational in just over 20 years, von der Leyen confirmed: “The system will be ready by 2040, and by then we need to have found a common European solution.”