Despite the hopes of industry in mainland Europe, the continent looks set to have two competing sixth-generation combat aircraft on the drawing boards during the 2020s and 2030s. With the July 19 announcement of Sweden as the first of several “like-minded partners” for Britain’s Tempest, the UK system has become an international venture and a direct competitor to the Franco-German-Spanish Future Combat Air System (FCAS).  “We believe that Europe can afford two ...

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