UK Tempest: Boeing Would Be “Thrilled” To Join
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July 23, 2018 - by CLÉMENT CHARPENTREAU for Aerotime News Hub
On July 16, 2018, the first day of Farnborough Airshow, the United Kingdom unveiled a sixth generation fighter project named Tempest, part of a new Combat Air Strategy (CAS). The plane, which is set out to replace the Eurofighter Typhoon within the Royal Air Force, could rival the Future Combat Air System (FCAS) officialized by Germany and France during ILA Berlin Air Show on April 25-29, 2018.
According to the model presented at Farnborough, the Tempest will be a delta-wing twin-engine sixth generation stealth fighter. It should be operational by 2035, five years before Germany and France's fighter.
While the specifics of the FCAS funding are still not known, UK Secretary of State for Defence Gavin Williamson said the Combat Air Strategy would begin with a £2 billion investment from the government "in an industry that supports 18,000 direct jobs and 100,000 in the supply chain".
For now, the "Team Tempest" is composed of BAE Systems and Rolls Royce Leonardo and MBDA, in collaboration with the Royal Air Force Rapid Capabilities office.
Other partners will be invited...