The Bunker Group
Given Germany’s reluctance of late to significantly spend more on defence I think paying extra for a naval fighter won’t be high on the priority list. Furthermore, the export potential for a CATOBAR jet is very limited. A possible solution is India somehow joining the program with France and building a naval variant of whatever FCAS emerges. Needless to say, risky and probably very expensive.Well remember CATBAR fighters can still be operated off a conventional runway. The main question would be if France could convince the rest of the partners to pay the extra cost of a naval fighter without operating carriers of their own capable of using them.