Safran and MTU get step nearer development of NGF engine

The Future Combat Air System (FCAS) program has taken a major step forward now that Safran Aircraft Engines and MTU Aero Engines have settled the details concerning their eye-level partnership to develop the engine of the next-generation fighter aircraft NGF.

The agreement will rely on the principles of the Letter of Intent (LOI) which were signed between the two companies in February 2019 and which specified that Safran will take the lead in engine design and integration, while MTU Aero Engines will take the lead in engine services. For Phase 1A, Safran Aircraft Engines will be the prime contractor and MTU Aero Engines the main partner for Research and Technology.

The two partners also agreed on the foundation of a 50/50 joint venture that will be incorporated by the end of 2021 to manage the development, production and after-sales support activities of the new engine that will power the NGF.

“This agreement is a major step forward, which reflects Safran Aircraft Engines and MTU Aero Engines’ willingness to ensure a strong and effective management of the program relying on a balanced partnership and clear accountabilities,” stated Olivier Andriès, CEO of Safran Aircraft Engines, and Michael Schreyögg, Chief Program Officer of MTU Aero Engines. “Safran and MTU are committed to supply the Forces with an innovative engine architecture which will be a key asset of their operational performances.”

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