Sweden to Join Britain’s Tempest Next-Generation Fighter Program

Sweden is planning to join Britain’s Tempest next-generation fighter program as its first international partner, according to reports.

An announcement regarding the joining is expected to be announced at the upcoming Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) event, which begins on July 19 at RAF Fairford.

The concept model of the Tempest sixth-generation jet fighter was unveiled at the Farnborough Air Show last year. The concept aircraft was put together by BAE Systems, Leonardo, MBDA and Rolls-Royce, which have joined together with the Royal Air Force (RAF)’s Rapid Capabilities Office (RCO) to form ‘Team Tempest’ to pursue the opportunity.

Team Tempest brought together the UK’s world leading industry and sovereign capabilities across future combat air’s four key technology areas: advanced combat air systems and integration (BAE Systems); advanced power and propulsion systems (Rolls-Royce); advanced sensors, electronics and avionics (Leonardo) and advanced weapon systems (MBDA).

Early decisions around how to acquire the capability will be confirmed by the end of 2020, before final investment decisions are made by 2025. The aim is then for a next generation platform to have operational capability by 2035 replacing RAF’s Eurofighter Typhoon fleet.

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