Italy—Air Chief Predicts Merger Of Tempest, FCAS Fighter Programs

Reuters | 11/24/2021

The head of the Italian air force predicts that Europe's two next-generation fighter jet programs will eventually merge, reports Reuters. On Tuesday, Gen. Lucca Goretti said that the British-led Tempest and Franco-German Future Combat Air System (FCAS) programs would eventually become one due to efforts to strengthen European defense cooperation and financial constraints. Goretti said that Italy had joined the Tempest program, which includes the U.K. and Sweden, because Rome could...

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