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Defence Secretary Ben Wallace seeks companions to construct Tempest jets

Come fly with us: Defence Secretary Ben Wallace seeks companions to construct Tempest subsequent technology fighter jets

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace has referred to as on extra international locations to hitch the UK’s Tempest programme to construct the subsequent technology of fighter jets.

Italy and Sweden have already signalled their curiosity within the challenge – which is a partnership between the MoD and firms resembling BAE Programs, Rolls-Royce and the UK arm of Italian group Leonardo.

Wallace stated the UK is ‘eager to see extra worldwide companions be a part of us on the flightpath of discovery’.

Take-off: How the Tempest next generation fighter jet will look. Italy and Sweden have already signalled their interest in joining the UK with the project

Take-off: How the Tempest subsequent technology fighter jet will look. Italy and Sweden have already signalled their curiosity in becoming a member of the UK with the challenge

The feedback got here as Swedish defence large Saab prepares to take a position £50million within the challenge this week.

Saab is planning to arrange a analysis centre within the UK that might be near BAE Programs’ Tempest groups in Lancaster. 

Talking on the digital model of the Farnborough Airshow, Wallace stated: ‘There may be room for a broad vary of different partnerships.’

Wallace revealed that seven extra corporations are on board with the challenge which was launched in 2018: Bombardier, Collins, GE, GKN, Martin-Baker, Qinetiq and Thales. 

Bringing extra international locations into the tasks would assist to unfold the prices.

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