In a world constantly mired by violent acts of terror and a geopolitical situation that’s more often than not capricious, what can be better than strengthening one’s defense preparedness?
In the last half a decade, given the increase in unprecedented terror attacks on European soil, there’s been a constant talk as to how various governments in Europe need to take cognizance of their defense infrastructure.
In this part of the 21st century, there’s but one certainty and that’s uncertainty. For example, Britain never joined the Euro thinking there’d be a Brexit.
Take another example. None of the European countries that accepted those from the Middle East back in 2015 would have expected attacks by the very people they gave refuge on their own turf- did they?
It is interesting to note that despite Germany and France being better off than Spain where individual economies stand, a common or unifying factor is a defense deal and a big one at that.
In times of frugal spending with budget conservation governing almost every frame of the economy, Spain, Germany, and France have all spent on one commonality that binds them together: the Euro Fighter jet.
Within hours of the big defence deal being confirmed, stating that the Euro Fighter jets, i.e., an important aspect of the “Future Combat Air System” will be operational in 2040, the German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen shared that acquiring of the Euro Fighter Jet by the Trinity is “a big day for the European Defence Union.”
For starters, this is the next-generation European Fighter plane and shall include a joint air combat system that, it is believed, could also control satellites and drones.
Confirming the acquisition of the same was French President Macron, who, whilst attending the Paris Air Show in Le Bourget confirmed about France’s major defense purchase.
That told, here’s something interesting. Apparently, both French and German governments have jointly planned to invest a whopping €4 billion by 2025 toward this grand purchase.
The aforementioned amounts to $4.5 billion. But here’s an interesting point.
No sooner than the news regarding Germany purchasing the state of the art combat aircraft reached local channels that its opposition Left party criticized the plan.
In fact, the deputy leader of the parliamentary party, Sevim Dagdelen has even gone on to say that this is a ‘licence to print money’ for weapons manufacturers.
In light of the above, it’s important to note what DW.com, a major news portal from Deutschland published in lines with the current development-
The Future Combat Air System (FCAS) is expected to be operational in just over 20 years, von der Leyen confirmed: “The system will be ready by 2040, and by then we need to have found a common European solution.”