Francia, Alemania y España desarrollarán nuevo caza de 6ta G en cooperación.


France and Germany Want to Build Their Own 5th Generation Fighter Jet

The proposal is a big deal, but there's still a lot the two countries will have to figure out for it to work.

By Joseph Trevithick July 13, 2017

France and Germany have announced their intention to work together to develop a new advanced "European" fighter jet. Though the final plan is still in the works, the decision appears to be wrapped up in a number of political and economic considerations and could potentially see the end the German military’s interest in the controversial F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

The deal emerged in a larger document the two countries published following a joint cabinet meeting on July 13, 2017. In addition to the new fighter jet, the white paper outlined Franco-German cooperation on an upgraded Tiger attack helicopter, air-to-ground missiles, drones, heavy tanks, and artillery, according to Reuters.

The complete Franco-German fighter jet plan reportedly calls for a combination of manned and unmanned aircraft to ultimately replace France’s Dassault Rafales and Germany’s Eurofighter Typhoons. The two countries will come up with a shared “roadmap” by the middle of 2018, but there is not a clear time frame for when the new aircraft could or should enter production or be ready for combat.

Both countries have an interest in developing successors to these aircraft. Though they are among the most advanced fighter jets in active service anywhere in the world, the basic Rafale and Typhoon designs date back to the 1980s. Development of fighters since then has increasingly focused on adding low-observable features, such as stealthy overall shapes, to defeat steadily improving, networked air defenses.

A German Eurofighter Typhoon.

The Franco-German plan actually sounds very similar to Airbus Defence and Space’s Future Combat Air System (FCAS) concept. The European aviation consortium, headquarters in Germany, first revealed this proposal in July 2016. FCAS itself was a response to a joint German-Spanish requirement, dubbed the Next Generation Weapon System (NGWS), which those two countries unveiled six months earlier. That proposal envisioned the new aircraft entering service sometime in the 2030 to 2040 time frame.

A French Dassault Rafale B.

Though Airbus included concept art of a stealthy-looking fifth generation fighter jet in its FCAS presentations, the core revolved around data sharing and manned-unmanned teaming. This is very similar to how the U.S. military increasingly sees itself operating the F-35. The fighter component of the system would act as the controller for unmanned combat air vehicle (UCAV) carrying additional weapons and sensors. All of these aircraft would be able to share information back and forth, as well as draw additional information from other networked platforms, such as dedicated spy planes or unmanned reconnaissance aircraft. All of this would give pilots better situational awareness and more options to reach their targets, while reducing exposure to enemy air defenses. Depending on the size and number of the armed drones involved, the "swarm" of aircraft might even be able to overwhelm the defenders.

Concept art of the fighter component of Airbus FCAS.

It’s not immediately clear whether or not the new Franco-German agreement will involve any other partners, such as the Spanish. However, the two countries would likely be keen to bring in Spain and other European countries, especially smaller NATO members, which are looking for a new fighter aircraft but have not yet joined the F-35 program.

This cooperation allows for cost and industrial base burden sharing, which could reduce costs, while still boosting national economies. For decades, European have banded together to form consortiums to design and built combat aircraft – such as the SEPECAT Jaguar, Dassault/Dornier Alpha Jet, Panavia Tornado, and Eurofighter Typhoon – for exactly these reasons.

A diagram showing FCAS' proposed manned-unmanned teaming.

However, the decision of the French to drop out of the Typhoon development program and pursue its own aircraft, which became the Rafale, had soured Germany and many others on a new joint project for years. At present there are four European-designed multi-role jet aircraft still in active service with multiple countries on the continent, the Rafale, Typhoon, Tornado, and the Swedish-made Saab Gripen. France alone continues to operate a number of older Mirage 2000 jets, as well. There are also a number of European UCAV projects in the works, including the French Dassault nEUROn – which was a pan-European project as the spelling implies – and the BAE Taranis.

Now it appears that the political climate has shifted, especially in light of the United Kingdom’s plans to leave the European Union, more commonly known as Brexit, and strained relations between countries in Europe and President Donald Trump’s administration in the United States. Brexit in particular could threaten to scuttle an Anglo-French project to jointly develop a successor the nEUROn and Taranis, also confusingly called FCAS. So, perhaps, not surprisingly, in June 2017, ahead of the annual Paris Air Show, Airbus said it would welcome French participation in the NGWS/FCAS project.

"I really hope that France will be involved," Fernando Alonso, in charge of head of Airbus Defence and Space's military aircraft division, told reporters on June 9, 2017. "We have to do this in Europe. There's no place to do two or three different systems. … The time is right for us in Europe to decide and to decide to build something together and be available for all of us,"

In addition, it’s uncertain how this agreement will effect’s Germany’s plans to replace its aging Tornados. This swing-wing design dates back to the 1970s and the Luftwaffe is desperate to replace the aircraft, which are increasingly becoming a maintenance nightmare. The main goal of the NGWS program was actually to replace the Tornado first and worry about the much more modern Typhoons later.

Similarly, in May 2017, it emerged that German officials had begun inquiring about joining the Joint Strike Fighter program, but apparently only as a potential Tornado replacement. U.S. defense officials had briefed their German counterparts on the issue just days before the Franco-German announcement on the new fighter jet. "The F-35 is one of many options we are exploring," a spokesman for the country’s Federal Ministry of Defence said, according to Reuters on July 11, 2017.

We don’t know whether or not the outcome of that meeting, or the tensions between Germany and the United States over a host of issues, had any impact on the decision to start the project with France or if this truly ends German interest in the F-35. “The times in which we could completely depend on others are, to a certain extent, over,” Merkel said at a political rally in May 2017, in what many saw an indirect, but clear reference to the United States. “We Europeans have to take fate into our own hands.” The announcement also did came as Trump touched down in France for a state visit, but there's no firm evidence the two events were related.

German Tornado ground attack aircraft.

Regardless of the national political or economic considerations, any new Franco-German fighter could run into trouble simply because of the already complex international market for such aircraft, which is full of advanced fourth generation designs and fifth-generation proposals and early-stage development programs. South Korea, Turkey, and Japan are all reportedly considering their own 5th generation stealthy fighter designs, in addition to the growing dominance of the F-35. Though there are no planning to purchase the final aircraft, the U.K.'s BAE Systems has joined Turkish Aerospace Industries to work on its TFX jet. On top of that the Rafale still enjoys considerable export success, as do a number of new variants of older American designs, including the F-16V, F-15 Advanced Eagle, and F/A-18E/F Block III Super Hornet. Saab is actively promoting its latest Gripen E. Then there are Russian and Chinese fourth and fifth generation designs, including Russia's advanced derivatives of the Su-27 Flanker, as well as the T-50, and China's F-35-look-a-like the FC-31.

All of this could impact potential export sales of any Franco-German development, which would be an important consideration. Foreign sales could help further reduce costs to both parties and would be a major incentive for the development of their own new fighter type. There’s also the question of whether France’s looser export policies might put off German sensibilities, which have become increasingly critical of arms sales to repressive regimes such as Saudi Arabia. The French government has had no qualms about sending advanced weapons or considering such deals with the Saudis, as well as the Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, and other countries regularly accused of human rights abuses.

And then there's just the difficulty of designing a fifth generation fighter jet in the first place. So far, other examples, such as the F-35, show the process is often decades long and potentially exhaustively expensive. Even the development of the Rafale and Eurofighter spanned multiple decades, and those jets are still receiving capabilities that were long planned. With this in mind, there's a good chance that by the time any new manned fighter jet design matures, let alone is combat ready, UCAVs will have become similarly advanced, offering a cheaper and in many cases more capable alternative for many missions that are currently executed by manned fighters. Also as noted, France has already begun investing heavily in this technology and Germany's existing NGWS concept incorporates these future developments.

On top of that, domestic political and economic concerns could delay timelines further or even scuttle projects altogether. Both Germany and France are trying to embark on politically and economically complicated defense spending increases. In a speech on July 13, 2017, French President Emmanuel Macron announced his country was planning on a significant increase in military spending in order to reach the NATO target of all members spending two percent of their gross domestic products on defense by 2025. "It's a considerable effort, considering the the current context of budgetary constraints," the recently elected French president explained.

The announcement of the agreement is an important first step and a significant sign of increasing Franco-German ties. However, unlike other shared arms programs the two countries included in their plan, it may take significantly more effort to get going on a new, joint fighter jet project.
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Una noticia de alcance se ha producido esta misma semana.

Francia y Alemania se unen para diseñar el caza de 5º generación europeo que imagino sustituiría a los Rafale franceses y Tornados/EF primeras tranches alemanes. Previsiblemente se les una España proximamente (debe sustituir sus F-18), y a mayores la británica BAE Systems tambien ha dicho que de una u otra manera se unirá al proyecto.

Durante 2018 debería haber ya datos concretos así como un planning con hitos del proyecto.


comparto lo subido por forista @Ramirotv aqui:éreas-actualidad-noticias-breves.6741/page-168

Francia y Alemania acuerdan desarrollar un nuevo avión de combate

Francia y Alemania acordaron este jueves «desarrollar un sistema de combate aéreo europeo» para «remplazar a largo plazo sus flotas actuales de aviones de combate», según ha anunciado la presidencia francesa tras un consejo de ministros franco-alemán celebrado en el Palacio del Elíseo.

«Los dos socios quieren crear una hoja de ruta conjunta de aquí a mediados de 2018», indicó el Gobierno francés al cierre de un encuentro entre el presidente francés Emmanuel Macron y la canciller alemana Angela Merkel.

¿Y España? Esa será la próxima cuestión que tendrá que decidir nuestro Ministerio de Defensa, que deberá acometer en un futuro cercano la renovación de los F-18 del Ejército del Aire.


Francia y Alemania acuerdan desarrollar un caza conjunto

Los presidentes de Alemania y Francia, Angela Merkel y Emmanuel Macron han alcanzado un acuerdo para desarrollar un caza conjunto. De momento no hay detalles, en 2018 se publicará una hoja de ruta. El avión sustituirá a las flotas de aviones de combate (Eurofighter y Rafale).

Seguro que en los próximos días se vierten ríos de tinta. En España se tantea adquirir cazas F-35, pero son muchos los que no lo ven con buenos ojos porque en principio sería un caza totalmente importado. Pese a todo es complicado que la flota de F-18 Hornet vaya a aguantar tanto tiempo. El desarrollo tardaría años en entrar en servicio, y los retrasos son moneda común en estos proyectos.

La posición del Reino Unido al respecto también será interesante. BAE Systems es uno de los principales socios del proyecto F-35, y las FFAA va a operar F-35B en portaviones y bases terrestres. Habrá que ver si el gobierno británico apuesta por seguir con proyectos estadounidenses o europeos, aunque con el Brexit todo está en el aire. Tampoco se puede descartar que otros países se unan al proyecto.

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Francia y Alemania cooperarán en el desarrollo de aviones militares y misiles aire-tierra

PARÍS (Sputnik) — Francia y Alemania acordaron cooperar en el desarrollo de aviones de combate y en la creación de un programa conjunto de misiles tácticos aire-superficie, informó el Elíseo.

Francia y Alemania acordaron desarrollar un sistema europeo de combate aéreo (…) para sustituir la escuadrilla de aviones de combate actual a largo plazo", dice el comunicado publicado este 13 de julio al término de la reunión franco-alemana a nivel de ministros celebrada en París.

El texto indica que Alemania y Francia planean "elaborar una hoja de ruta antes de mediados de 2018".

El documento señala que también se acordó "establecer un marco de cooperación para la próxima versión del helicóptero Tigre, así como para un programa conjunto de misiles tácticos aire-tierra".

Por su parte la canciller alemana, Angela Merkel, confirmó que "para mediados de 2018 todo ello se transformará en una hoja de ruta, en un plan".


El impulso vino del lado aleman

Nota del 05 de octubre de 2016

Alemania termina su trabajo en el programa Eurofighter

El diario alemán Die Welt informó que se espera que el trabajo de producción en el Eurofighter en Alemania llegue a su fin.

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Sin nuevos pedidos pronto se cerrara la línea de producción y España también podría hacer lo mismo. Con el tiempo, sólo Italia y el Reino Unido tendrán una línea de producción activa.

Italia será la encargada de la fabricación de los aviones con destino a Kuwait, mientras que Gran Bretaña podría obtener nuevos pedidos de Arabia Saudita.



y del 29 de Marzo de este año:

Alemania busca desarrollar su propio caza furtivo de sexta generación

Alemania y Airbus Defense y Space dijeron que están en las etapas iniciales de un nuevo programa para construir el caza de sexta generación de la Luftwaffe, que ha sido bautizado como el Future Combat Air System (FCAS)..

Eso fue reportado por

Alemania ha avanzado en el programa para construir su propio caza furtivo de 6ta generación desde el concepto hasta la etapa de trabajo inicial.

El FCAS reemplazará a la vieja flota de cazabombarderos Panavia Tornado de la Luftwaffe y complementará a los cazas de superioridad aérea Typhoon.

El FCAS será probablemente un bimotor, de dos colas, pilotado por dos tripulantes. La Bundeswehr (fuerzas armadas federales alemanas) planea que el FCAS esté operativo entre 2030 y 2040.

El FCAS será un "sistema de sistemas" que combinara aviones tripulados y no tripulados en una unidad operacional.

"En principio, podría ser un sistema de sistemas - ya sea una combinación tripulada y no tripulada", dijo Alberto Gutiérrez, jefe del programa Eurofighter.

Aquí un resumen de la noticia pero en español ;)

La historia se repite, Francia y Alemania quieren desarrollar en común el futuro avión de combate europeo que reemplazaría al Rafale y al Eurofighter

Habrá que ver si este segundo intento tiene éxito y no es la repetición del fracaso que maduró en los 70 y 80 del siglo pasado, un fracaso compartido que dio nacimiento al Rafale y al Typhoon. Lo que queda entre líneas es que al margen de Francia y Alemania, el resto de los países que participaron del consorcio Eurofighter se volcarán al F-35 de Lockheed Martin. Para el 2040 no falta tanto y para el "boceto" del programa franco-alemán sólo hay que esperar hasta mediados del año que viene.
Es interesante este gráfico, creo que alguna vez lo he subido en el tema del Rafale, se pueden observar las fechas de cuando Alemania, Francia y el Reino Unido eran socios en lo que hubiera sido el primer caza europeo, aunque el EFA puede llevar ese pergamino.

Esto se le suma al supuesto Leopardo 3 compartido, ¿llegara a buen puerto?
No se si Leo 3, pero en blindados hace rato que se firman acuerdos y se fusionan empresas, es más interesante lo que refiere el artículo del comunicado del Elíseo: "un programa común de misiles tácticos aire-tierra". Esto a MBDA no le va a gustar ;)


Esto viene de hace un tiempo y detrás esta Airbus.

Pero a quien se le ocurriría elegir un caza diseñado por Airbus con dirección de Alemania?

Un equipo "ganador" europeo seria Dassault-Saab...

Si no hacen las cosas TAN MAL como con el Eurofighter (el Rafale termino por superarlo) y no son tan vuelteros ni le cambian el rol cada 5 minutos, con la base tecnologica que tienen, deberia ser un producto sumamente competente y versatil a juzgar por los renders dados a conocer.
Teniendo en cuenta que la pelea en la que se separaron los franceses del EFA fue porque querían mas participación industrial de la que le otorgaba lo que iba a pedir...pues no se yo, si los franceses pudieran solitos a buenas horas iban a buscar socios. Esto aún no ha empezado, va a ser la guerra.


La noticia esta duplicada...

Esto es una vieja idea de Airbus...

Como dije antes, un avion de combate diseñado por Airbus y liderado por Alemania...jajaja



La noticia esta duplicada...

Esto es una vieja idea de Airbus...

Como dije antes, un avion de combate diseñado por Airbus y liderado por Alemania...jajaja

Así es. Un moderador que las fusiones por favor

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Jajajaja me traicionó el subconsciente leí el título rápido y vi Francia y Argentina en vez de Alemania :p

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