SCAF: French government takes defensive positions against Berlin

On the occasion of his intervention in front of the Defense and Foreign Affairs Committee of the Senate on March 3, 2021, the CEO of Dassault Aviation, Eric Trappier, once again expressed annoyance about the future European air combat system program which brings together France, Germany and Spain, and in particular against the largely excessive demands made by the Germanic and Iberian authorities. During his speech, the French leader also questioned the management of the program and the negotiations between states by the French Directorate General of Armaments and its two German and Spanish counterparts, but also by the French authorities.

In my cover, Eric Trappier has indeed indicated that the context and the political pressures surrounding the negotiations between European industrialists have significantly influenced the very nature of the discussions between industrialists, and therefore the quality of the agreements obtained. And to add that these same agreements signed barely more than a year ago with Germany and Spain, and which precisely are challenged by Berlin and Madrid today, now appeared to be very unfavorable to Dassault Aviation, as well as to the French BITD as a whole, when studied with a clear head. In other words, in front of the senators, Eric Trappier clearly denounced the pressure exerted by the French authorities and the haste of the negotiations to reach an agreement, in a context which he considers today constrained by an excessive enthusiasm.

Since the signing of the first phase of cooperation around SCAF, Germany and Spain have significantly shifted the lines in their favor, in both industrial and technological fields.

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