Tempest Demonstrator Will Ready UK Skills And Industrial Capability

Team Tempest demonstrator concept
The Team Tempest industry partners unveiled a new public design for the Tempest crewed fighter at the Farnborough International Airshow, adopting a YF-23-like butterfly tail similar to that in concepts for Japan’s F-X program and in BAE’s Replica low-observable demonstrator work.
Credit: Tony Osborne/AW&ST
Industry has begun building a demonstrator for the UK’s Tempest Future Combat Air System that will derisk the technologies to enable rapid development of a UK-led combat aircraft for the 2040s. Metal has been cut on the crewed, supersonic aircraft—development of which had been cloaked under a veil...
Tony Osborne

Based in London, Tony covers European defense programs. Prior to joining Aviation Week in November 2012, Tony was at Shephard Media Group where he was deputy editor for Rotorhub and Defence Helicopter magazines.

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