UK to unveil “Tempest” fighter jet model
July 16, 2018 -- A model of the UK’s planned new fighter aircraft, the Tempest, has been unveiled at the Farnborough Air Show. The sixth generation jet will eventually replace the Eurofighter Typhoon and could be flying by 2035.
The full-size model was unveiled by UK Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson, who said the jet could be used with either pilots or as a drone.
The move is a bid to show the nation wants to remain a so-called Tier One military power after Brexit, according to a Bloomberg report.
Mr Williamson said the UK would be investing £2 billion ($2.65 billion) to oversee the design and build of the aircraft, which could be operational in 2035.
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The aircraft is the beginnings of work on the next generation of combat aircraft which will eventually replace the current Typhoon jets.
That won't happen until 2035 at least but the Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has announced an initial £2bn for further research.
"We have been a world leader in the combat air sector for a century, with an enviable array of skills and technology, and this strategy makes clear that we are determined to make sure it stays that way.
The new funding will allow research and development on the next generation fighter - the final product will look very different to its current concept form and will include technology not yet dreamed up.
A final decision on how many jets to order and at what cost will be made by 2025, with the aim then for a next-generation aircraft to be operational by 2035.
The unveiling was part of the launch of the UK's long-awaited Combat Air Strategy which is intended to protect key skills.
It has been welcomed by the aviation and defence industry which has previously been concerned about the effect of Brexit.
Commenting at the Farnborough, BAE Systems chief executive Charles Woodburn said: "The UK's combat air capability, built by generations of committed and highly skilled people through a century long partnership between the RAF and industry, is admired the world over. Source: news.sky.com
Published on Jul 16, 2018
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