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In the news today is the meeting between David Cameron and Francois Hollande

Not much here in detail, just a handful of links that I will expand over time

In defence terms, these are the main points;

Have also seen mention of continuing work on MCM and one or two other things like swapping an A400M production slot

Background on FCAS and FASGH(W)/ANL at the links below

 Update from Dassault

Dassault Aviation is delighted by the decision  announced today by the President of the French Republic, François Hollande, and the  British Prime Minister, David Cameron, concerning the future combat air system. This  decision led to the signing by the French Defense Minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, and  his counterpart, of a letter of intent which formalizes the launch of joint feasibility  studies in the field of unmanned combat air systems (UCAS). This is a major step  forward in Franco-British military aeronautical cooperation.

This decision, which follows on from the Lancaster House Treaties (November 2010),  gives a new dimension to the joint studies already undertaken in this field: Dassault  Aviation and BAE Systems, as leaders of the project, have worked, together with their  partners Safran, Rolls-Royce, Thales and Selex, to ensure the success of this
ambitious R&T programme.

This decision also bolsters the national investments made in recent years, notably in  the nEUROn combat UAV demonstrator.

As leader of the French team, Dassault Aviation has always supported its  Government’s efforts to launch an ambitious Franco-British programme, designed to  lay the foundations for the future European fighter aircraft.

For Eric Trappier, Chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation, “this launch by the French  and British authorities is contributing to the development of the combat air systems  sector and is paving the way for the future in this strategic field.”

In France, this work will help maintain technological expertise in defence aeronautics  at a world-class level. It will eventually benefit the entire industrial fabric, including  SMEs.

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