BERLIN/PARIS (dpa-AFX) – The wrangling over the FCAS armaments project was one of the reasons for the stumbling relationship between Germany and France – now there is a breakthrough. A political agreement had been reached for the further development of the multi-billion dollar air combat system, the Ministry of Defense in Berlin and the Élysée Palace in Paris announced on Friday evening.
After intensive negotiations, FCAS has now reached an industrial agreement on the next phase of the program, according to Berlin. Parallel to the industry negotiations, it was also confirmed at the highest government level that a cooperative approach on an equal footing is being pursued in the project, which is under overall French responsibility. This clears the way for the continuation of the air combat system. France is taking the lead in the project, emphasized the Élysée Palace.