Safran Aircraft Engines and MTU Aero Engines finally settled the details concerning their partnership to develop the engine of the next-generation European fighter aircraft NGF.
The FCAS (Future Combat Air System) program takes a major step ahead. Following a Letter Of Intent (LOI) signed between Safran Aircraft Engines and MTU Aero Engines in February 2019, the two companies finally settled the details concerning their partnership to develop the engine of the next-generation European fighter aircraft NGF. In the framework of the contractual scheme defined by France and Germany, Safran Aircraft Engines will be the prime contractor and MTU Aero Engines the main partner for the first phase of Research and Technology (Phase 1A). The agreement specifies Safran will take the lead in engine design and integration, and MTU will take the lead in engine services.
The willingness to ensure a strong and effective management of the program has lead the two companies to agree on the foundation of a 50/50 joint venture that will be incorporated by the end of 2021. This new entity will manage the development, the production and the after-sales support activities of the new engine that will power the NGF.