Germany plans to join the French feasibility study for the Next Generation Weapon System (NGWS) within a Future Combat Air System (FCAS) in June, according to a parliamentary request for approval seen by Jane's .
The overall cost of the two-year study is set at EUR65 million (USD73.4 million), with Germany providing 50% of the funding and workshare. This will be the first of many concept and feasibility studies and will be focused on the engine, which is to be jointly developed by Safran of France and MTU of Germany.
According to a 29 May report to the German parliament, France expects development costs of about EUR8 billion before the FCAS can reach technological maturity.
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