The Minister of defence of the United Kingdom at the international Airshow in Farnborough have introduced a conceptual model of a fighter “Tempest” – Tempest. He will be one of the first to sixth generation fighters in the world — and the purely British project, as opposed to the family of “Eurofighter”. This is important, because a year ago the UK emerged from the program of joint development with France and Germany, and now gets a chance to assert itself as a significant player in the industry.
The concept of “Tempest” is the experience gained in the creation and operation Typhoon and F-35 Lightning II. It will be a twin-engine stealth aircraft with the body of the Delta wing, and an innovative powertrain, capable of transmitting large amounts of energy for a new generation of weapons, like lasers. It uses the distribution system of the payload plug-and-play to the fighter could carry any weapons, from cruise missiles to “nest” with the drones.
New a separate secure against cyber attacks communications systems and function such as turning a fighter into the center of communications and battle management. Briefly describes a broad set of multispectral sensors, radio frequency sensors and augmented reality in the cockpit. And “Tempest” design such that the land could be trusted it service robotized installations. Plus there are a number of “cosmetic solutions” that will make the new product attractive to foreign buyers.
Among the contractors of the project named BAE Systems, Rolls-Royce, MBDA, Leonardo, Defense Equipment&Support and the RAF’s Rapid Capability Office, the amount of the initial investment will be $2.6 billion, the Authorities hope to business plan and sketches in 2019-2020 to 2025-WMD to start attracting investment from foreign partners. The first flight of the Tempest can take place in 2035, and the weapons he will rise roughly in 2040.
Source — Ministry of Defence