Germany, France, Spain aim for fighter jet deal next week
A French fighter jet, the Dassault Rafale, performs an aerial demonstration.
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Disagreements over intellectual property rights mean that Germany, France and Spain have yet to agree on next steps for a joint fighter jet project, the Defense Ministry said on Saturday. in Berlin after the expiration of the deadline to find a solution.
Last week, the defense ministers of Germany and France set a deadline at the end of April to negotiate an agreement on the Future Combat Air System (FCAS), Europe’s largest defense project.
“No agreement on the use of intellectual property rights has yet been reached,” said a spokeswoman for the ministry. “For Germany, unrestricted access to the results of co-funded research is of the utmost importance.”
The countries were aiming for a deal next week, she added.
At a cost of more than 100 billion euros ($ 120 billion), the development of the jet brings together Germany, France and Spain.
The spokeswoman for the Berlin Defense Ministry said that there needs to be an adequate arrangement for the use of intellectual property rights in the aircraft that respects the interests of all participants in the project.
She said negotiations were continuing and Germany’s goal remained to present a proposal to the parliament’s budget committee in June.
The next stage in the development of the aircraft is conditional on approval by the German parliament, and time is running out to find a solution to present a proposal in time for the parliament’s budget committee to vote on it before the general election in September.
Earlier, a source with knowledge of the problem told Reuters that the German Defense Ministry should send the draft budget back to the Finance Ministry by May 19.
Earlier this week, MTU Aero, Saffron and ITP Aero have resolved their dispute over the development and production of the engines for the jet aircraft, agreeing to share the workload equally between the three companies.