Rolls-royce and Snecma (Group Safran) welcome the signature, by Governments of France and United Kingdom, concerning a new agreement that will continue the work of design and development of the new engine intended for Future Combat Air System program (FCAS), unmanned combat aircraft. With the completion of the first phase of preparation and demonstration, planned for the coming months, the new agreements signed by the two Governments will continue discussions for a subsequent feasibility phase. The objective of this new phase will be the start of more detailed design studies followed by more funding. The two Governments will ensure 120 million pounds at six companies involved in the program (Dassault Aviation, Bae Systems, Thales, Selex ES, Snecma and Rolls-royce).
The two builders specialize in producing a joint venture programme engines, the Rolls Royce Snecma Ltd., formed in 2001.
Negotiations on the second stage should culminate with a notification of contract on the part of the two Governments hold for ' last quarter of 2014. Since Sean of the first studies, in September 2012, Snecma and Rolls-Royce have combined their experience and technological expertise and agreed on worksharing highly challenging technical requirements relating to power and integration of engines.
Source: The Flight