On the occasion of his intervention before the Senate Defense and Foreign Affairs Committee on March 3, 2021, the CEO of Dassault Aviation, Eric Trappier, once again expressed his annoyance regarding the future European air combat system program. which brings together France, Germany and Spain, and in particular against the largely excessive demands formulated by the Germanic and Iberian authorities. During his intervention, the French leader also questioned the management of the program and negotiations between states by the French Directorate General of Armaments and its two German and Spanish counterparts, but also by the French authorities.
For my benefit, Eric Trappier has in fact indicated that the context and the political pressures surrounding the negotiations between European industrialists have significantly influenced the very nature of the discussions between industrialists, and therefore the quality of the agreements obtained. And to add that these same agreements signed barely over a year ago with Germany and Spain, and which are precisely being called into question by Berlin and Madrid today, now appeared to be very unfavorable to Dassault Aviation, as well as the French BITD as a whole, when studied at leisure. In other words, facing the senators, Eric Trappier clearly denounced the pressure exerted by the French authorities and the haste of the negotiations to reach an agreement, in a context which he considers today to be forced by excessive enthusiasm.
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