New fighter jet project will boost Lancashire

Lester Mason
July 19, 2018

It will be built by Team Tempest, a consortium including BAE Systems, Rolls-Royce, Leonardo and MBDA.

Once manufactured, the aircraft will be able to fly either as a piloted aircraft or as an unmanned drone, UK Defence Secretary, Gavin Williamson, said adding that the UK would be investing £2bn in the new project.

Tack also said that this "program is the British response to seeing Dassault (France) turn towards the Franco-German fighter", Tack added.

Industry executives said the two programmes could eventually be fused, once Britain and the European Union sorted out Britain's departure from the economic bloc in nine months.

The Tempest is being developed as part of a strategy to not only bolster Britain's defenses, but to maintain the country's aerospace design and manufacturing sector, attract worldwide partners to help in the Tempest's development, and to produce a variant of the aircraft suitable for the export market.

The unveiling also coincided with the United Kingdom signing a future combat air strategy, which will review its technological spending and capabilities, Defense News reported.


It is hoped that the jet will enter service in 2035 as an eventual replacement for Typhoon, which is due to remain in service until about 2040.

The Typhoon, in contrast, was developed by the four-nation group of Germany, Spain, Britain and Italy in the 1980s.

Michael Christie, BAE Systems strategy director for air, said Britain had the capability to develop Tempest alone but that it made sense to develop it with a partner given the cost and a desire to lock in future sales.

Military chiefs have unveiled plans to spend £2billion developing a next generation fighter jet to replace the RAF Lossiemouth-based Typhoon fleet. Now, the United Kingdom is gambling that it can take the expertise gained from the Typhoon and Britain's partnership in the F-35 program to create a new fighter project that will entice worldwide partners and customers.

"We have a number of export campaigns in play and ..."

Asked if the United Kingdom can afford the jets, Mr Williamson replied: "If the RAF is to have the capability to keep Britain safe and make sure we can defeat our adversaries at home and overseas, we need to be making this investment in a fighter jet".

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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