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Future Combat Air System: UK and France move ahead

The UK and France have announced a £1.54bn project to build a prototype of the Future Combat Air System. The next-generation UAV programme builds on the successful £120m joint feasibility study undertaken after the last UK- France Summit in 2014. With full scale development of prototypes set to begin in 2017, Claire Apthorp takes a look at the requirements for the UAV and ask what the two countries are hoping to gain from it.


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