The German government is calling for European collaboration on a program to develop a next-generation combat aircraft to replace the Panavia Tornado. Germany wants the NextGenWS (weapon system)—which could be manned, unmanned or even optionally manned—to enter operational service during the 2020s, taking on many of the roles of the aging Tornado and complementing the country’s fleet of Eurofighters. But Germany is unable to develop such a capability on its own. The German ...

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