Last month, France and Germany signed a €65 million ($74 million) contract covering the first two years of a planned binational fighter under the Future Combat Air System (FCAS) program. This represents a departure from the historical pattern—for the past half century, Germany has worked with Britain and other countries on combat aircraft, while France has gone its own way. But this time, the UK’s EU Brexit has inspired the two countries to try a different, joint ...

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