Weapon Wednesday – France’s New Fighter Jet

France Unveils Next-Generation Fighter Jet

FCAS will replace the Rafale as Europe’s frontline fighter.

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French jet maker Dassault just pulled back the curtain on its vision for a sixth-generation fighter jet. The Future Combat Air System, or FCAS, is Dassaut’s first clean sheet fighter design in four decades, following the 1980s-era Rafale. The aircraft, which is being designed in collaboration with European aircraft giant Airbus, will fly for the first time in 2026. read more