The difficulties of maintaining the planned program for the partners of future European fighter aircraft projects follow one another. He is now the chairman and CEO of the Swedish firm. Saab, Michael Johanssonwho have disclosed that their country’s participation in a program that considers the development of the fighter stormUnder the leadership of the United Kingdom, is in a “period of hibernation”.
Johansson’s statements coincide with a period of disagreement that Germany and France are showing in other next-generation hunting projects being developed in the old continent within the so-called FCAand that is done by companies airbusby Germany, and Dassault Aviationrepresent France.
If a few months ago there were several announcements about the need to convert both projects into one (one led by the United Kingdom, and with Italy, Sweden and perhaps Japan, as partners, and with the FCAS project) France, With Germany and Spain), the disagreement between the participants of each one now worsens.
In the case of Saab, its CEO lamented that the company, and with it Sweden, has been taken to another level in a future air defense systems program that includes development storm (also known as FCAS, although not to be confused with the Franco-German-Spanish project). “Our partnership is not as intense as we previously thought”, with respect to the rest of the partners, he reported, Genesee,
“We are not out of the programme”, warned Johansson, “but the period of hibernation has arrived for Sweden, while we see how the United Kingdom, Italy and potentially, Japan put the program together”. So, he concluded, “I’m not sure how it will go.”
Disagreements between German and French partners
Sweden joined the efforts of the FCAS programme, which was then already formed by the United Kingdom and Italy three years earlier, although it has not yet committed to joining the fighter project. stormwhich is the star of these plans, and continues to focus on using the technologies gained in this initiative to improve its fleet of aircraft for the time being GripenDeveloped and manufactured by Saab in the country.
In any case, the difficulties being experienced by the other FCAS program led by Airbus (Germany), Dassault (France) and Indra (Spain), they seem more serious. In this he is chiefly the CEO of Dassault Aviation, Eric Trappier, who has been pursuing statements for several months This casts doubt on the feasibility of the plans. Trappier warned about the possibility that the current lag in the project would derail the program due to leadership in the development of prototypes of a future sixth generation fighter.