Strengthening British defense as new Tempest fighter jet gives Britain ‘unassailable lead’ | Science | New

The news comes as the RAF’s future flagship fighter is set to replace the Eurofighter Typhoon by 2040. Revealed in 2018, the UK-led project will see BAE Systems, Rolls-Royce, Leonardo and MBDA join forces. combine to create a major air force. as next-generation aircraft begin to take flight. With more than 2,000 people already employed on the project, the joint venture is already in its design and evaluation (C&A) phase of the acquisition program launched in July last year.

Tempest has so far enjoyed relatively little competition from rival manufacturers in the sixth-generation aircraft space, with the French-German-Spanish equivalent, the SCAF, stuck in limbo due to sharing disagreements. of technology between the trio.

Suggesting that the pause in the advances of European competitors will benefit Britain, Tim RobinsonChief Editor of said: “The advantage of a whole decade without a European competitor could allow Tempest to build an unassailable lead.”

However, Mr Robinson mentioned that the UK was not alone in the world in developing a sixth generation fighter.

He said: “The United States is working on sixth-generation projects under its Next-Generation Air Dominance (NGAD) program – and has reportedly flown a demonstrator already.

“However, the cost of this is already rising and a recent statement from Secretary of the Air Force Frank Kendall revealed that it could be twice the price of the F-35.

“This ‘sticker shock’ could then prevent many countries from acquiring a sixth-generation fighter – along with US export restrictions.

“Elsewhere, there are also other future native fighter projects underway in Japan (FX),

South Korea (KF-X) and India (AMCA) which may or may not impact Tempest’s final export figures.

A major factor in building the Tempest is cost, especially as the UK has pledged to increase defense spending following the NATO summit in Madrid and the ongoing security risk posed. by Russia after its invasion of Ukraine.

The C&A phase will see BAE Systems receive £250m from partners as the concept is pushed further into reality.

The UK plans to invest a further £2 billion in the project over the next four years.

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One of the most significant announcements relates to Tempest’s plans to cut costs by reversing the trend of extended development times in half, creating a more budget efficient compared to previous generations and types of aircraft.

Project Tempest will also launch Britain onto the world stage through cooperation with international partners.

Japan’s potential collaboration on the project justifies “global Britain”, marking a shift from more than 70 years of Tokyo’s reliance on US military aircraft.

Additionally, UK-based Rolls-Royce will also play an important role in the project, once again promoting British engineering in the process.

Rolls-Royce’s integrated electric starter will allow a reduced fuselage profile for the jet engines that will power the Storm.

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Speaking of the technology, John Stocker, BAE Systems Business Development Manager responsible for FCAS, said: “This system will generate exponentially more data than anything that has been done before from an air-to-air perspective. fight.”

What now remains for the project is the development of the business case for the project to not only be an operator of the system, but to generate revenue from selling the type to allied partners.

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Discussing the next steps for the Tempest project, Mr. Stocker concluded: “The next step in the program for Tempest, said will be the business case in late 2024, followed by the full business case in 2025, triggering a sprint of a decade. to the IOC 2035 finish line that will fully unleash the possibilities and speed promised by digital design, engineering and manufacturing.

Finishing his take on the project, Aerosociety editor Mr Robinson said: “While much of this progress may be inside computers, simulation and good setting up the partnership model, there is no doubt that Tempest is poised to take the world by storm. ”

Additional reporting by Anna Gosling

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