Spain joins Franco- German FCAS programme

The governments of France and Germany officially welcomed Spain as a partner nation in the so-called sixth-generation Future Combat Air System (FCAS) programme.

Speaking at the first day of the 53rd Paris Air Show on June 17, Alberto Gutiérrez, Head of Military Aircraft at Airbus Defence and Space, said: “Starting FCAS on a bilateral basis between France and Germany was important to kick-start the programme and to get it on track. The integration of Spain now is a credible step forward towards the envisioned Europeanisation of FCAS. Not only is Spain one of Airbus’ founding countries but it’s also an industrial stronghold for military aircraft in our company. The country is a key contributor to Europe’s defence capabilities as well as an experienced and trusted partner in joint defence programmes. So, we’re not only glad to see Spain join FCAS, we also believe it is a natural evolution for the programme.”