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Future Combat Air System: Aircraft Carriers

Question for Ministry of Defence

UIN HL13889, tabled on 19 February 2019

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether in discussions with the EU on the Future Combat Air System the EU indicated any intention to produce a carrier capable variant.

Answered on

28 February 2019

The term Future Combat Air System refers to a number of international Air projects. The department does not recognise the term 'EU Future Combat Air System' and assumes the question refers to the French-German Next Generation Fighter (NGF), which is a component of their Next Generation Weapon System (NGWS). This has previously been referred to as the Système de Combat Aérien Futur (SCAF).

The UK has held discussions with a number of EU and other nations on future combat air systems. Public statements made by the French and German governments indicate that carrier compatibility is a requirement for NGF and being considered for other parts of NGWS.