[Aviation Today February 4, 2014] The U.K. and France have decided to support further studies into the future of combat aircraft engines, according to jet engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce.
Rolls-Royce and Snecma established a joint venture in 2001 to perform studies on future combat engines. The two companies will now continue those studies under the Anglo French Future Combat Air Systems (FCAS) demonstration. Thus far, studies have focused on developing engine technologies to power the FCAS demonstrator and generate electrical power for the aircraft's sensors and systems.
"Continuing this program will enable us to further develop and retain critical defense propulsion system technologies that will sustain leading edge operational capability in the UK and France," said Bob Stoddart, president of defense customer businesses at Rolls-Royce.