Written by: Vincent Chaput
Edited by: Tomas Farinha Carney
The United Kingdom, Japan and Italy are on the verge of signing up an unprecedented agreement to begin the construction of a next-generation twin-engine stealth fighter jet with hypersonic weapons: The Tempest Project. As the last phase of negotiations reaches its conclusion, the consortium of Leonard, British BAE Systems and Rolls-Royce will soon give birth to a completely unique multilateral project. By 2035 the Tempest will be designed and produced as a replacement to the ageing Typhoon model (Rabechault, 2022). At the 2022 Farnborough International Airshow, Herman Claesen, a BAE Systems senior manager specialised in the domain of combat air systems, stated that “it is a once-in-a-generation project” since the completion of the Eurofighter project (Rabechault, 2022).