On 5 and 6 November, the Isdefe headquarters hosted the meeting of the 3rd Steering Committee for the NGWS/FCAS (Next Generation Weapon System /Future Combar Air System (FCAS) to finalise Spain’s entry into the programme.
Representing Spain were Major General (Army) José Luis Murga Martínez, from the General Sub-Directorate for Planning, Technology and Innovation (SDG PLATIN); Mr Pedro Andrés Fuster González, the Deputy Director of the Sub-Directorate General for the Inspection, Regulation and Defence Industrial Strategy; and Brigadier General (Army) León Antonio Maches Michavila, from the Air Systems Office (JSAER) of the Sub-Directorate General for Programme Management.
Representing France were Major General Jean-Pascal Breton, Major General Marc Howyan and Brigadier General Eva Portier.
On 17 June 2019, at the Paris Air Show (Le Bourget, France), the ministers of Defence of Germany, France and Spain signed the Framework agreement for the NGWS/FCAS programme, which allows Spain to join the French-German programme to develop the future combat air system.
The NGWS/FCAS project seeks to develop a 6th-generation fighter aircraft to replace the Eurofighter fleet of European fighters.