The two sides have signed on 3-02-2014 a statement of Intent for a Future Combat Air System which would launch a two year £120 million (€146 million) joint feasibility phase that will see British and French industries working together; Previous studies into this topic focused on various aspects of unmanned combat aircraft vehicles (UCAV), both the UK and France are currently studying similar systems under the British Taranis and European nEUROn programs. Since 2010 Dassault Aviation and BAE Systems have also worked on the Future Combat Air System Demonstration Programme Preparation Phase collaborative study. The two primes collaborated with several partners, including Safran, Rolls-Royce, Thales and Selex, to ensure the success of this ambitious technology research programme.
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