The f-35 would be a good test bed to run these with, by the time tempest is operational these things should be settled into the system nicely.
Its starting to feel like the UK is finally moving its arse and getting us back where we should be.... and about time too.
Pretty sure this and Temptest will be part of the next gen -the rumours and tech videos of what BAe have been up to the last few years are
mindblowing. (autonomous self healing drones that fly as one main triangular drone then separate in to five smaller sized drones to complete various
tasks....whispers of emp style propulsion too and major focuses/investment on electronic warfare.
Used to work at BAE working on the Joint Strike Fighter engines/flutter issues back in late 90s early 2000s. It was designed to integrate with current
tech/gen - tempest and upcoming UK packages will most likely be backwards compatible but geared more towards their own.
Teaser vid if what's coming up back from 2014 - a lot of projects have bee achieved collaorating with universities and graduates - major focus on
cheap, autonomous, drones.
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Leaps and bounds lately it seems, hopefully politics wont get in the way of these programs, its the last thing we need, now we've found that drive
In terms of development its not nice being a 'catch up' country when were more than capable of being at the forefront, as were proving now. I can
imagine other countrys, on both sides, keeping a very close eye on whats to come from the programs, even though most have fingers in their own
There was issues with the stealth coating and a risk of structural damage with prolonged, high mach flight. Id be pretty certain those issues are
ironed out now or soon will be. They cost @ 100 million, give or take a few million as they develop.
Im sorry i cant be more technical with my answers like some here..... Im just a learner lol.
They found two aircraft something like 8 years ago that had structural damage. They've tried repeatedly to duplicate it and haven't been able to. The
restriction is in place as a better safe measure, and in an actual fight, wouldn't apply if they really needed it.
Under LRIP 11, the F-35A is $89.2M, the B is $115.5M, and the C is $107.7M. By next year the A is expected to bottom out price wise at $80M.
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