July 13, 2017 / 12:20 PM / 5 months ago

France and Germany to develop new joint fighter jet - document

PARIS, July 13 (Reuters) - France and Germany have agreed to develop a European fighter jet to replace their existing fleets, part of a raft of new defence and security cooperation measures, according to a document issued after a Franco-German cabinet meeting in Paris on Thursday.

The two countries are to come up with a roadmap for developping the new aircraft by mid 2018, the document said.

The two governments also agreed to set up a cooperation framework for the next model of the Tiger attack helicopter and for tactical air-to-ground missiles.

The document also said that an overall contract was expected to be signed before 2019 for the German-led Eurodrone project, in which Spain and Italy are also participating.

Reporting by Jean-Baptiste Vey and Michel Rose; writing by Leigh Thomas; editing by Richard Lough

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