18 octobre 2021 | International, Aérospatial

FCAS Plans Could Challenge Eurofighter Fleet Harmonization

UK and Italy may take a different Eurofighter development path than Germany and Spain, as the four nations pursue next-gen fighter plans.

https://aviationweek.com/defense-space/aircraft-propulsion/fcas-plans-could-challenge-eurofighter-fleet-harmonization

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    10 octobre 2018 | International, Aérospatial, Terrestre

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  • Turkish company reveals plans to develop a supersonic drone

    14 mai 2019 | International, Aérospatial

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    9 septembre 2019 | International, Aérospatial, Naval

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