18 mars 2021 | International, Aérospatial

Airbus tells French lawmakers there’s no ‘Plan B’ for FCAS

Airbus and Dassault are still struggling with a way forward for the embattled sixth-generation fighter program.

https://www.defensenews.com/global/europe/2021/03/17/airbus-execs-tell-french-lawmakers-they-have-no-plan-b-for-fcas

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