UK Tempest and Japanese FX programs are getting even closer

The British government of Boris Johnson is particularly active on defense issues and in the field of international industrial cooperation. Whether it is the AUKUS alliance with possible cooperation with Australia in the field of nuclear submarines, the opening of the Tempest program to certain European partners, or the rapprochement with the American program Futur Vertical Lift , Great Britain has multiplied the announcements in recent months, with some success it must be recognized. And one of the greatest successes today is based on the rapprochement in London and Tokyo around the FX program for the next generation Japanese fighter, with the signing of a cooperation protocol, end…

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What consequences for France if the SCAF and Tempest programs merged?

After his German counterpart Lt General Ingo Gerhartz, it is the turn of General Luca Goretti, the Chief of Staff of the Italian Air Force, to declare that, according to him, the European programs of 6th generation combat aircraft SCAF (for Future Combat Air System) which brings together Germany, Spain and France, and FCAS (for Future Combat Air System, the same acronym) which brings together Great Britain, Italy and Sweden , will be expected to merge in the more or less near future. According to the Italian general officer, given the industrial and budgetary issues, and the proximity of programs, industrial players and countries,…

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Safran and Rolls-Royce face to face to power the new generation AMCA Indian fighter

Launched in 2010, the new generation Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft or AMCA medium fighter program undoubtedly has many ambitions in New Delhi and the entire Indian military aeronautical industry. The first prototype is expected for 2024, and industrial production, if the current schedule were to be respected, plans to enter service for the end of the decade, in order to take over from the older Su-30 MKIs. If HAL and the entire Indian industry now have the necessary skills to develop the cell, the flight controls or the avionics and weapon systems of the aircraft, there remains…

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Britain's Rolls-Royce could participate in Japanese FX program

Already essential pivot of the British Tempest program for which it must design a new generation turbojet engine, the British company Rolls-Royce would have, according to confidences collected by a journalist from the Japanese site Asahi.com, joined the development team of the new program of next-generation Japanese fighter currently designated under the code name FX. The British engine manufacturer will assist Japanese companies to develop the turbojet engine that will power this 5th generation twin-engine fighter intended to replace the hundred or so Mistubishi F2s currently in service with the Japanese air self-defense forces, as well as the F15J, thanks to a dimension of air superiority very largely…

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Team Tempest unveils certain technological advances of the future British fighter

Like the Royal Navy's HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales aircraft carriers, the Tempest next-generation combat aircraft program is set to become a symbol of the revival of Britain's newfound technological and military power. And while all current programs are being scaled down in an overall reorganization of the UK's Defense effort to meet future challenges, the Tempest program seems to be protected, both in its budget and in its ambitions and its planning, and this despite the isolation of Great Britain concerning it, the Italian and Swedish partners being for…

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Will London be able to keep a pilot aboard its Tempest stealth fighter?

In his latest research paper dated July 2020, air power researcher from the prestigious Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), Justin Bronk, made several recommendations which would allow, in view of the budgetary constraints weighing on British defence, to maintaining a credible roadmap for British combat aviation and thus supporting the country's industrial and strategic capabilities. Among its recommendations is the idea that it would be preferable to evade the human presence on board the future sixth-generation Tempest fighter and to "dronize" it: the economic but also operational gains would not be than…

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Rolls-Royce invests in the development of hypersonic engines

The race to develop an engine capable of propelling an aircraft from its take-off run to hypersonic speed is well and truly underway, and Britain's Rolls-Royce clearly intends not to be left behind. The veteran of aircraft engine design is at the origin of certain mythical engines such as the Merlin which equipped the Spitfires and the Mosquito during the Second World War, the RB.41 Nene which was one of the first reliable turbojets used on the De Havilland Vampire and the F9F Panther, and whose licensed versions powered the French Ouragan and Mystère IV, but also the…

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Faced with the absence of a comprehensive recovery plan, British industrialists are getting impatient and urging London to act

Two months after the appeal launched by Paul Everitt – director of the association ADS representing the aerospace and defense industries of the United Kingdom – to the government authorities to demand “urgent measures” and similar to those taken by the French and German governments to their respective BITDs, it is now the turn of the Confederation of Shipbuilding and Engineering Unions (CSEU) to raise their voices in the face of the British executive's silence. Bringing together no less than 100.000 industrial and manufacturing workers in the aerospace, shipbuilding, defense and transport sectors – some of whom evolve…

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The Tempest program is more British than ever, but is it a weakness?

On July 20, the date which was initially to mark the opening of the Farnborough air show, 7 companies from the British aeronautical and defense industrial and technological base announced that they would join the program launched two years ago by the British government and BAe companies, Rolls-Royce, Leonardo and MBDA. Thus, Bombardier, Collins Aerospace, GE aviation, GKN, Martin Baker, Qinetiq and Thales have joined the next generation fighter program led by Great Britain. But what is presented as a new step wanting to mark the expansion of the Tempest program in Europe, above all demonstrates a program that is increasingly isolated, and which…

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TF-X Turkish fighter program continues despite health crisis and diplomatic tensions

Despite the health crisis which is hard hitting industrialists around the world, the Turkish next-generation fighter program seems to be continuing its development normally. Its designer, Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) recently signed an agreement with the firm HAVELSAN based in Ankara. A public company, HAVELSAN specializes in the development of computer software and systems and works mainly in the communication and defense sector. As part of the development of the TF-X, the full-scale model of which was unveiled at the Paris Air Show in 2019, HAVELSAN will have to develop the simulation environments (ground simulators and on-board simulation...

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