Historic Aerospace Agreement Signed at Air Tattoo
Published: 21 Jul 2019
Britain and Sweden will work together to develop technologies for a future Tempest fighter jet, in agreements announced at the Royal International Air Tattoo.
The Minister of Defence Procurement Stuart Andrew and Sweden's minister for defence, Peter Hultqvist announced the two countries had signed an agreement which could go on to see the two nations developing an aircraft that would replace the Eurofighter Typhoons operated by the Royal Air Force, and the Saab JAS-39 Gripens operated by Sweden. The future fighter could by flying in the 2030s.
The announcement, made in front of an audience of air chiefs from around the world, comes almost a year after the government announced it was investing £1.9 billion in technologies associated with a future fighter.
Several major players in Britain's aerospace industry are participating through the Team Tempest consortium including BAE Systems, Leonardo, MBDA and engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce.
Military and industry from the two countries will work together on concepts over the next year to outline requirements of the aircraft.
Stuart Andrew said: "This combines the best of Britain and next generation technology with the best of Sweden that developed to deliver Gripen.
"Today we usher in an exciting new era in which the talents of two great combat air nations will be combined to lift Swedish and British airpower into the stratosphere."
Peter Hultqvist added: "Our countries have a long history of industrial cooperation...we see great potential in this cooperation."
"Our collaboration will be a vital part in solving complex challenges that lie ahead," said Royal Air Force Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier.
The Royal Air Force also used the Air Tattoo to show off new technologies it wants to use in the future including drone swarms to decoy air defence and unmanned loyal wingmen that could work closely with manned aircraft in the future.