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Hard Brexit would doom future merger of UK, Franco-German fighter projects: Airbus defence

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(Reuters) - Britain's departure from the without a deal would doom the prospects for a next-generation fighter jet with a rival project in Britain, the of Defence and told the German newspaper.

told the newspaper he considered it "absolutely imperative" that the EU reach an agreement with Britain on security, defence and given the closely interwoven ties between and Britain.

"I consider it extremely dangerous to develop a system like FCAS (the fighter programme) without the British," he said, noting that potential order quantities would rise if Britain participated, making future aircraft more competitive.

and this month awarded a 65 million euro ($74 million), two-year contract financed equally by both countries to and to start designing a next-generation combat air system for use from 2040.

Hoke said there were discussions about joining the programme, but the Brexit negotiations would be decisive in determining any cooperation with Britain.

"In Britain's case, we have to wait to see if there will be a hard Brexit," he told the newspaper. "That would be fatal for the cooperation."

(Reporting by Andrea Shalal; Editing by Paul Tait)

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First Published: Wed, February 13 2019. 12:19 IST
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