posted on Aug, 2 2019 @ 12:28 AM
a reply to: Barnalby
Well, Sweden recently agreed an MOU with the UK. There have been some quiet announcements of late around Tempest. Such as:
- The number of people working on the project is c. 2,000
- The UK is linking with Boeing around the "loyal wingman" idea, which will doubtlessly bleed into Tempest
- Rolls-Royce, Reaction Engines and BAE Systems have been contracted to look at hypersonics, which again may bleed into Tempest
The other sixth generation project involving France, Germany and Spain is now called the New Generation Fighter (NGF), and has had a few political
problems, but they presented a model at the Paris Airshow 2019 and released some snappy CGI.
I read somewhere that the likely requirements for NGF and Tempest may not be entirely compatible, so a natural fit and merger of the programmes may
not be possible. Anyway, apart from the money, I doubt the French would consider watering down their control of NGF by merging with the UK-led
Tempest. The UK would not accept French dominance, for example.
Again, I read (but cannot find the article) that the UK model for collaboration in Tempest is a bit more "fluid" than the rigid workshare-obsessed
model the French-German programme seems likely to be, especially as a drive for the NGF is for industrial consolidation within the EU, a body the UK
is trying to leave.
edit on 2/8/2019 by paraphi because: (no reason given)