Italy, the UK, and Sweden have signed a trilateral Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the development of the Tempest future fighter jet.
The MoU was signed by Italian Defence Minister Lorenzo Guerini, UK Secretary of State for Defence Ben Wallace, and Swedish Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist on December 21. The signing was announced by the Italian Ministry of Defence (MoD) earlier on Jan. 3.
Under the agreement, the three countries will have equal role within research, development and joint concepting of the Tempest jet wich will be followed by the project arrangement and full development phase which is currently scheduled to begin in 2025.
The Italian MoD statement called the Future Combat Air System Cooperation (FCASC) MoU as “crucial for the balance of military and industrial capabilities at the European and global level.”
The new Tempest advanced fighter jet will replace Eurofighter Typhoons in service with the UK Royal Air Force (RAF) and Italian Air Force and Saab Gripens in service with Swedish Air Force.