The companies will perform the research to help the governments of France and U.K. define requirements for the countries’ Future Combat Air System program, BAE said Wednesday.
BAE Systems CEO Ian King and Dassault Chairman and CEO Eric Trappier received the FCAS research contract at a ceremony held Wednesday at Dassault headquarters in France.
“This contract award is a key step in the partnership between our two nations, governments and industries, ” King said.
The BAE-Dassault team will also explore operational concepts for the future Anglo-French combat aircraft and strategies to mature key technologies for an unmanned combat aerial system.
France’s and the U.K’s governments could provide $128 million in additional funds during the study period, according to BAE.
Research is expected to be completed by the end of 2016.