UK Vows To Take Leading Role In Sixth-Generation Fighter Jets Production

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UK Vows To Take Leading Role In Sixth-Generation Fighter Jets Production

IMAGE: British Defense Ministry

Britain has cast its bid to take the leading role in the sixth-generation air power, with its brand-new jet fighter – the Tempest. The new Combat Air Strategy and the Tempest’s concept were both revealed by Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson at the Farnborough International Air show.

The Secretary highlighted that he has taken actions to strengthen the UK’s role as a global leader in the Combat Air sector and as well his aim to protect key skills in the UK’s industrial base.

The 2018 National Security Capability review presented a picture of intensifying and evolving threat and confirmed the investment in the next generation of Combat Air technology. The sustained investment was established with  The 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review and in 2018 and the future it still remains critical, according to the report.

The Combat Air Strategy is a sort of roadmap which identifies the decisions that need to be made now and in the future. It outlines the importance of Combat Air power as well as to bread some life in the industry. The Defence Secretary shall perform annual reports on the progress of implementing the strategy and the Ministry of Defence shall take a strategic approach toward attracting international and industrial partnerships and opportunities so that the skills and capacity in the industry are maintained and developed.

The Tempest concept reveal is of particular interest, since it comes a bit over a year after France and Germany forced Britain to withdraw from the partnership to build the new Eurofighter, as the New Atlas reports. The UK bets on the expertise it has received from the Typhoon and the know-how it has received from its partnership in the F-35 program to create the new fighter jet.

Currently the Tempest concept is a twin-engine, delta-wing, stealth fighter capable of carrying hypersonic missiles and controlling drone swarms. On top of that, it has an advanced power and propulsion system capable of powering laser weapons and has the ability to act as a flying command and control center due to its reconfigurable, cyber-hardened communications. The Tempest will be highly upgradeable on the inside and it has a plug-and-play flexible payload system.

Currently, there is only a concept, however if all goes according to plan by 2020 there will be confirmed design decisions and the first investments will happen by 2025. The date targeted to put it into operation is in 2035, 5 years before Germany and France’s Eurofighter.

The new jet fighter is of significance not only for the bolstering of Britain’s aerospace defense, but also to invigorate its aerospace design and manufacturing center, as well as to attract international partners that may assist in the development.

However, it does not come without challenges, as reported by the Drive, the aircraft, which the Tempest appears to take after has never flown and Future Offensive Air System (FOAS) came to a stop in 2005. Instead they purchased the F-35. The flight demonstration is also quite far away in time, at the least 6 years from now, which also creates uncertainty, due to the incoming Brexit, there is no promise that the economic and political situation in the country will remain as it is. It will have most likely changed significantly even before the Tempest project is in the testing phase. The Ministry of Defence will have to work extra hard to ensure that the Tempest does not result in failure similar to FOAS, and for it to compete with Germany and France’s Eurofighter.

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  • Jesus

    “””Currently the Tempest concept is a twin-engine, delta-wing, stealth fighter capable of carrying hypersonic missiles and controlling drone swarms.””

    UK is a military none factor, they are living on fumes of past glory. It is ok to dream, while Russia and China have actual missiles and weapons past that technological level.

  • Smaug

    I think we should have abondoned the terminology of “generation of aircraft” when the fourth generation came out. It’s just the nature of tech progression over the last 30 years does necessary call for new planes.

    • Feudalism Victory

      Its marketing

  • Hrky75

    A country that, not so long ago, proved itself unable to build a simple ship turbine engine (a technology 100 years old, BTW) to power it’s multi bn GBP “state of the art” navy destroyers / worthless buckets taking up space in RN basis 300 days a year, just rusting – will be THE one building the 6th gen fighter!? But you guys don’t even own a 5th gen one, and once you get some it’ll be a F-35 “Flying brick” to arm your equally worthless “state of the art” CVs. Not to mention the fact that the last time they did build a truly state of the art flying machine that actually worked as intended was – the late 1930s…British arrogance and stupidity – the gifts that just keep on giving…

    • Jesus

      Zio Anglo arrogance and stupidity seem to be congenital affecting their societies, yea the last good weapon they produced was the Spitfire before WW2 that saved their asses during the Battle of Britain.

    • Feudalism Victory

      Yea odds are low of this doing anything except enriching some insiders corrupt politicians giving away contracts and the contractors.

    • You can call me Al

      What a load of tosh, regards your last sentence: Concorde – Harrier – Tornado – Typhoon – Nimrod. The only reason we are not leaders in military equipment, naval vessels, plus plus, is because we sold our souls to the Yanks and Globalization.

      • Jesus

        Concorde was a joint venture with the French, so was Tornado and Typhoon ( Germans, French and British).

        • batavian

          Sorry Jesus. I didn’t notice your post till after I sent mine.

      • batavian

        The Concorde, Tornado and Typhoon were multi-national projects.

        • You can call me Al

          Shush. I am not listening…. lalalal, mm, mmm, lalalala

      • Hrky75

        Sorry Al my friend but the boys are right. Last plane that was British designed, British made, British flown and actually working – was the Spitfire…

        • You can call me Al

          OOOOOHHHH Please.

          I know, but I was hoping I could bamboozle you guys.

        • Redadmiral

          The Canberra and Lightening were strictly British as was the TSR2 which the Yanks bullied the Brits into cancelling. All of the above A/C were way ahead of anything produced in the US at the time.

      • Redadmiral

        The Canberra, The Lightening and the scuppered TSR2. The Comet should have been the leading passenger Jet airliner in the world. One stupid design flaw turned it into an also-fly. When you observe it’s streamlined profile in comparison to the 707s and it’s 30% better fuel efficiency, it was an opportunity thrown away on square windows……

    • TS

      If you look and remember, there was another aircraft that looked a lot like this one.. I guess plans and tooling can be sold to turn a profit..(YF 23)

      • Hrky75

        It looks TOO much like YF-23 for this thing not to be a badly imagined PR stunt. When Iranians did the same thing few years ago the whole of the western world – UK included – were mocking the effort. I suppose it didn’t stop them from copying it – though…

  • Merijn

    Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson…. what Threat? The Only threat I see comes from you Fucktards..or do You need a New Airplane to Support YOUR Headchopping Mercenaries anywhere in the World? Because Syria, Russia & Iran Kicked Your Daesh-Jihadi-Johns Arses….

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/aad2e12806e79cc2885e3504513d1eb8e0f4d9edf32fd7c4ba5c1a70fff7fa66.jpg

  • Bob

    Britain previously struggled with the development and subsequent operational costs of the combined nations Typhoon/Euro-fighter program, that doesn’t bode well for trying to go it alone on an entirely new project, without any in-built economies of scale of production and market sector competition.

  • Promitheas Apollonious

    I guess in couple of centuries, they finish it.

  • Nosferatu

    By 2035 UK will stand for United Kalifate. I seriously doubt islam or sharia law is able to hold technical education on a level needed to develop 6th gen fighter jet.

    • Feudalism Victory

      Yup spot on. Reap what you sow.

    • You can call me Al

      A camel with an engine !!

    • Merijn

      They Love Saudi Wahhabia in the UK… MI6 even helped to Reintroduce Wahhabism & Sharia Law in the Middle East….a taste of their own Medicine so to speak….Does that mean May will be Stoned to Death..?

      • TBrites
        • Merijn

          Banned from what…?

          • TBrites

            Sorry! Read wrong…

            Banned to comment on Russia Insider!

            Spreading REALITY is a NO NO!

          • Merijn

            Just saw the Picture it was hidden behind a message how to get rid of Tummy Fat… What was the Reality that they didn’t Like? I am a Big Fan of Reality…

          • TBrites

            That I don’t know! In the end they all behave the same way! Facebook, Twitter, Russia Insider, WaPo, etc they just want Clicks&Money!

          • Merijn

            I have no complaints whatsoever… I was always free to say what I wanted…even if it was Complete nonsense very little sometimes not too often…blame the Disinfo-Agents….

          • TBrites

            The disinfo-agents are not the ones administrating Disqus!

            For me it’s not a problem at all! It’s time saved!

            Have a good life!

            Bye Bye…

          • Merijn

            Disqus is the one that is banning things every now & Then…

          • TBrites

            First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
            Because I was not a Socialist.

            Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
            Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

            Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
            Because I was not a Jew.

            Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

          • Merijn

            That is why I speak out….and when there is no one left to speak for me…I’ll speak for myself…

  • FlorianGeyer

    ” The UK bets on the expertise it has received from the Typhoon and the know-how it has received from its partnership in the F-35 program to create the new fighter jet.”

    This from the clowns who struggle to build anything but massive public debt and heaps of pure bullshit these days :)

  • Jamie9260

    Because the UK. can afford this? without the combined clout of the EU. They will be relegated to being a US. lapdog like a puppy clamoring for attention and crying wolf over this Novocheck or whatever bullshit so people will pay attention to them!

    • You can call me Al

      Remember, just before that we are building the H2S rail link + replacing trident = 80-90 bilion in total.

      These gimps live in cloud cuckoo land.

  • World_Eye

    Hahahaaa please skip to 7th who needs sixts. Dumb Brits what you have so you can make such a Jet.

    • You can call me Al

      Cheap Islamic labour !!.

  • Tudor Miron

    Vaporware… When one has nothing of substance to show he says that “according to plan by 2020 there will be confirmed design decisions and the first investments will happen by 2025.” I would advise that when you have nothing to say than you better keep quiet and people around may even think that you’re smart.

    • jako

      They are giving great idea to Porno-shenko.
      He might present Ukraine’s 7th generation airplane that is totally invisible
      and so advanced that can’t even be presented to the public.
      What better way to justify money vanishing into the thin air ?
      But with “teleportation” of money by invisible aircraft to the Swiss account or Caiman Islands.

  • You can call me Al

    “The UK bets on the expertise it has received from the Typhoon and the know-how it has received from its partnership in the F-35 program to create the new fighter jet.” – whahahahahaha, what a load of crock.

    Damn – I am British.

    • Daniel Castro

      It is a sad thing that after brits have waken up for the evils of imperialism you had already been invaded by the wahhabist horde… surely the work of your psycopathic zionist elite.

      • You can call me Al

        If you are in Britain or British, you will know that the revolution is growing. I give it 5 years max.

  • TS

    better be a 2 seater.. got to have that joy ride seat..

  • jako

    All true Brits will become “stealth” by 2035
    If foreigners don’t kick them out by then

  • David Parker

    The TSR-2 was generations ahead of anything Lockheed, McDonnell, Chance Vought, North American, etc. could build.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7HinJxMLnJM

  • goingbrokes

    I laud the intention of bringing back (from US MIC) some manufacturing in any country – but I doubt that this is much more than a publicity stunt.

    • goingbrokes

      Plus the plane mock-up in the photo looks shite.

  • Redadmiral

    If they put some yeast into the bread, they might indeed “breathe” some life into the baking industry…Lol What’s another typo? The Brits were strong armed into buying 5th Gen. F-35, junkbirds. This is nothing more than a lot of hot air to claim a piece of the 6th Gen Pie. That is; “the pie in the sky”.

  • Barba_Papa

    The UK has an abysmal success record when it comes to modern fighter jets. Abysmal in that it hasn’t designed a fully native fighter jet since the Lightning, which was a late 50’s design. Also abysmal because what it does manage to produce rarely enjoys export success on a significant scale. The last British fighter jet to enjoy significant export success was the Hawker Hunter, an early 50’s design. The Lightning sold barely, except to a few Saudi and Kuwayti princelings. The Harrier, other then a few sold to Spain and India, its technology was handed lock stock and barrel to the US, which produced the AV-8B, which was the actual export success. Some people keep mentioning the TSR-2 as a potential success that got nipped in the bud thanks to US interference, but A: we will never know, and B:even if by some miracle it would have been adopted by the RAF, who says it would have enjoyed any significant export success other then to the usual suspects? (Saudi and Kuwayti princelings). Most countries that fly American kit want new American kit to replace their old. Because its tech they know and because it can drop ordnance they already have. Buy British kit instead and you have to adopt to something completely new and buy British ordnance as well.