London Set to Develop a New Fighter for the 2030s - Should Canada Participate if 2% of GDP...
The Tempest will be a twin-engine aircraft unlike the F-35
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July 16, 2018 By Tamir Eshel - for Defense-Update
UK Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson unveiled today a concept model of a brand new next-generation combat aircraft being developed exclusively in the UK. The Tempest, as the futuristic fighter plane is called, could be ready for operations with the Royal Air Force in less than two decades, as the first Typhoons begin to be phased out of service.
Considered as a fallout of the UK withdrawal from the European Union (Brexit), the announcement follows the stalled Anglo-French cooperation to develop a futuristic unmanned fighter plane under a strategic collaboration with Dassault.
Those plans proved premature, as the technology required for fully unmanned combat air system has not matured yet. "Fully unmanned operation has not matured yet," said Air Commodore L. S. Taylor, Assistant Chief of Staff, Capability Delivery Combat Air, and ISTAR at the RAF. "It is more likely that next generation platforms will be optionally piloted rather than unmanned". With France and Britain going their ways, both turn to manned aircraft for their future programs. France is pursuing a similar program with Airbus.
London's decision to develop its own fighter doesn't mean going alone all the way. MOD is to set up a dedicated team to deliver the combat air acquisition program and deliver a business case by the end of the year, to initiate discussions with potential international partners by next summer. Saab could be a candidate for such cooperation.
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