In an interview with the Tribune, Dirk Hokke, the managing director of Airbus Defense & Space, said that his company should take over the management of the "System Systems" program of the Franco-German SCAF, immediately provoking the emotion in the French ranks, department and DGA in mind, which would see many benefits Thales in charge of this aspect.
The recurring problem of industrial sharing in Defense cooperation
As with most cooperative programs, the issue of industrial sharing is crucial in the SCAF project. But the very nature of the program makes this sharing much thornier, and the reactions quickly epidermal.
Indeed, the SCAF is today the only program aiming at designing an air warfare system in France as in Germany for the 50 years to come. However, both countries have an industry that can, little by little, design the system. In fact, the arbitration that will be rendered will almost certainly condemn an industry to fade from this strategic sector, for which it has previously invested significant amounts to acquire the know-how and processes necessary for its positioning.
We find, then, the same difficulties vis-à-vis the SCAF as those encountered by Fincantieri Naval Group and for their merger, with Leonardo and Thales as arbitrator: the resulting market is too weak to support the integral activity of both ecosystems .
A very delicate European extension
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