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Germany, France see initial contract for new fighter jet in early 2019

November 21, 2018 1:30 PM
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BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany and France said they will sign an initial contract with Airbus and France’s Dassault Aviation < for initial work on a next-generation fighter jet in early 2019, and expect next steps on a joint tank program by the end of 2018.

The two countries cited what they called “significant progress” on a program to develop a new fighter to go into service in 2040, following a meeting by their defense ministers in Brussels on Monday.

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