Tempest is a proposed stealth fighter aircraft concept to be designed and manufactured in the United Kingdom for the Royal Air Force.
Tempest is a proposed stealth fighter aircraft concept to be designed and manufactured in the United Kingdom for the Royal Air Force. It is being developed by a consortium known as "Team Tempest," consisting of the UK Ministry of Defence, BAE Systems, Rolls-Royce, Leonardo S.p.A. and MBDA, and is intended to enter service from 2035 replacing the Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft in service with the RAF. £2 billion (approximately $2.66 billion) will be spent by the British government on the project by 2025. It was announced by the British Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson on 16 July 2018 at the Farnborough Airshow as part of the Combat Air Strategy.
Tempest will be a sixth-generation jet fighter incorporating several new technologies.
The RAF had a similarly named fighter in the Second World War which also followed a Typhoon
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Tempest will be able to fly unmanned, and use swarming technology to control drones. It will incorporate artificial intelligence deep learning and possess directed-energy weapons. Another piece of technology being designed into Tempest is so-called Cooperative Engagement Capability, the ability to cooperate on the battlefield, sharing sensor data and messages to coordinate attack or defence. Tempest will feature an adaptive cycle engine and a virtual cockpit shown on a pilot's helmet-mounted display.
The Future Offensive Air System was a study to replace the Royal Air Force's strike capability currently provided by the Tornado GR4. Initial operation capability was expected around 2017. The FOAS was cancelled in June 2005 and was replaced by the Deep and Persistent Offensive Capability (DPOC) requirement, which was itself cancelled in the 2010 SDSR.
Role Sixth-generation jet fighter
National origin United Kingdom
Manufacturer BAE Systems
Rolls-Royce Leonardo S.p.A. MBDA
Introduction Planned for 2035
Status Future concept
Primary user Royal Air Force
Program cost Initially £2 billion up to 2025
Project Tempest Stealth