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Franco-German military projects: between progress and blockages

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For more than ten years, France has been looking for a lasting European partner for its military collaboration projects, both operational and industrial. This began in 2010 with the Lancaster House Agreements then, following the failure of a first Franco-British FCAS program, with a political and industrial rapprochement between Paris and Berlin.

Industrial distributions and political blockages

In terms of military needs, the rapprochement between France and Germany very quickly became evident. Three major topics thus emerged:

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  • FCAS: the future air combat system to replace the Rafale and Eurofighter fighters
  • MGCS (Main Ground Combat System): replacement of the Leclerc (France) and Leopard 2 (Germany) tanks
  • MAWS (Maritime Airborne Warfare System): new maritime patrol aircraft to replace the Atlantique 2 (France) and P-3 Orion (Germany), with a possible opening to other partners in Europe or NATO
FCAS Infographic 2019 Germany | Defense Analysis | Fighter aircraft
As a maritime patrol aircraft, the MAWS will be integrated into the FCAS system of systems

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Fabrice Wolf
Fabrice Wolf
A former French naval aeronautics pilot, Fabrice is the editor and main author of the site. His areas of expertise are military aeronautics, defense economics, air and submarine warfare, and Akita inu.

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