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Published 7 hours ago on September 24, 2020By EurAsian Times Desk
In a bid to acquire latest, state-of-art stealth fighter jets, will India join the Tempest, the British-led project to develop a new sixth-generation fighter jet with Italy and Sweden?





As reported last year, India had been invited by the United Kingdom to jointly develop the next-gen fighter under the Tempest Future Fighter Aircraft project.

Officials of the British Ministry of Defense (MoD) along with executives from BAE Systems were expected to brief Indian Defence Ministry and Indian Air Force (IAF) officials regarding the project. Nik Khanna, head of BAE Systems India, while speaking to the Business Standard back then, had said –

“We are looking for international partners to access the best-assured capability (for developing the Tempest).”







As reported last year, India had been invited by the United Kingdom to jointly develop the next-gen fighter under the Tempest Future Fighter Aircraft project.

Officials of the British Ministry of Defense (MoD) along with executives from BAE Systems were expected to brief Indian Defence Ministry and Indian Air Force (IAF) officials regarding the project. Nik Khanna, head of BAE Systems India, while speaking to the Business Standard back then, had said –

“We are looking for international partners to access the best-assured capability (for developing the Tempest).”

BAE Systems Tempest - Wikipedia
BAE Systems Tempest – Wikipedia

While referring to the specific role of New Delhi in the Tempest Project, Khanna said – “A big cost driver for a futuristic aerospace system is going to be the requirement for more and more software engineers. India has a huge capability in that area.”

However, despite no developments on India’s role in the Tempest project and proposal almost falling through, it seems that New Delhi could still join the program along with the likes of Japan and Netherlands.

“Time remains for other partners to join Tempest. You have seen other nations express an interest and we are extremely positive for the future,” said Alessandro Profumo, CEO of Italian Defence Giant Leonardo, while speaking to Reuters recently.

In 2007, India and Russia had agreed to jointly build a fifth-generation fighter jet called Sukhoi/HAL Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA) or Perspective Multi-role Fighter (PMF). However, with India deciding to withdraw from the FGFA program in 2018, the project was suspended. Though, it is reported that the project would be resumed at a later stage after Russia’s latest fifth-generation fighter Su-57 becomes fully operational.



In a bid to acquire latest, state-of-art stealth fighter jets, will India join the Tempest, the British-led project to develop a new sixth-generation fighter jet with Italy and Sweden?



As reported last year, India had been invited by the United Kingdom to jointly develop the next-gen fighter under the Tempest Future Fighter Aircraft project.

Officials of the British Ministry of Defense (MoD) along with executives from BAE Systems were expected to brief Indian Defence Ministry and Indian Air Force (IAF) officials regarding the project. Nik Khanna, head of BAE Systems India, while speaking to the Business Standard back then, had said –

“We are looking for international partners to access the best-assured capability (for developing the Tempest).”

BAE Systems Tempest - Wikipedia
BAE Systems Tempest – Wikipedia

While referring to the specific role of New Delhi in the Tempest Project, Khanna said – “A big cost driver for a futuristic aerospace system is going to be the requirement for more and more software engineers. India has a huge capability in that area.”

However, despite no developments on India’s role in the Tempest project and proposal almost falling through, it seems that New Delhi could still join the program along with the likes of Japan and Netherlands.

“Time remains for other partners to join Tempest. You have seen other nations express an interest and we are extremely positive for the future,” said Alessandro Profumo, CEO of Italian Defence Giant Leonardo, while speaking to Reuters recently.

In 2007, India and Russia had agreed to jointly build a fifth-generation fighter jet called Sukhoi/HAL Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA) or Perspective Multi-role Fighter (PMF). However, with India deciding to withdraw from the FGFA program in 2018, the project was suspended. Though, it is reported that the project would be resumed at a later stage after Russia’s latest fifth-generation fighter Su-57 becomes fully operational.



THE TEMPEST PROGRAM
Launched in 2018, the Tempest Program aims to develop optionally-manned stealth fighters, expected to enter service by 2040. British Education Secretary and then Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson had unveiled the model of the Tempest at the Farnborough Air Show held in Northeast Hampshire last year.

While the UK has committed initial funding of £2 billion ($2.6 billion) to the Tempest Project, it has now been joined by Italy and Sweden as partners via aerospace giants Leonardo and Saab, with rumours of Netherlands joining in too.

According to the British government this year, seven more companies have been recruited into the program with the number of people on Team Tempest likely to increase from 1.800 to 2,500 by 2021.

The Tempest fighter jet will be developed in what looks like an ensemble of worldly aerospace and defence giants. The program will be led by BAE Systems, with Rolls Royce contributing engines, European missile developer MBDA integrating weapons and Italian firm Leonardo developing sensors and avionics.






As reported last year, India had been invited by the United Kingdom to jointly develop the next-gen fighter under the Tempest Future Fighter Aircraft project.

Officials of the British Ministry of Defense (MoD) along with executives from BAE Systems were expected to brief Indian Defence Ministry and Indian Air Force (IAF) officials regarding the project. Nik Khanna, head of BAE Systems India, while speaking to the Business Standard back then, had said –

“We are looking for international partners to access the best-assured capability (for developing the Tempest).”

BAE Systems Tempest - Wikipedia
BAE Systems Tempest – Wikipedia

While referring to the specific role of New Delhi in the Tempest Project, Khanna said – “A big cost driver for a futuristic aerospace system is going to be the requirement for more and more software engineers. India has a huge capability in that area.”

However, despite no developments on India’s role in the Tempest project and proposal almost falling through, it seems that New Delhi could still join the program along with the likes of Japan and Netherlands.

“Time remains for other partners to join Tempest. You have seen other nations express an interest and we are extremely positive for the future,” said Alessandro Profumo, CEO of Italian Defence Giant Leonardo, while speaking to Reuters recently.

In 2007, India and Russia had agreed to jointly build a fifth-generation fighter jet called Sukhoi/HAL Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA) or Perspective Multi-role Fighter (PMF). However, with India deciding to withdraw from the FGFA program in 2018, the project was suspended. Though, it is reported that the project would be resumed at a later stage after Russia’s latest fifth-generation fighter Su-57 becomes fully operational.



THE TEMPEST PROGRAM
Launched in 2018, the Tempest Program aims to develop optionally-manned stealth fighters, expected to enter service by 2040. British Education Secretary and then Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson had unveiled the model of the Tempest at the Farnborough Air Show held in Northeast Hampshire last year.

While the UK has committed initial funding of £2 billion ($2.6 billion) to the Tempest Project, it has now been joined by Italy and Sweden as partners via aerospace giants Leonardo and Saab, with rumours of Netherlands joining in too.

According to the British government this year, seven more companies have been recruited into the program with the number of people on Team Tempest likely to increase from 1.800 to 2,500 by 2021.

The Tempest fighter jet will be developed in what looks like an ensemble of worldly aerospace and defence giants. The program will be led by BAE Systems, with Rolls Royce contributing engines, European missile developer MBDA integrating weapons and Italian firm Leonardo developing sensors and avionics.

FEATURES
The Tempest is a large single-seated twin-engine delta-wing stealth fighter jet with a cranked trailing edge and two vertical stabilizers slanted inwards, similar to a US F-22 jet.

With Stealth technology a prerequisite for any sixth-generation fighter jet, the Tempest is set to boast a laundry list of features including being optionally-manned, mounting hypersonic or directed energy weapons, and the ability to deploy and control drone swarms.

According to Rolls Royce, the stealthily recessed adaptive-cycle turbofans of the fighter will be built of lightweight composite materials, featuring superior thermal management and digital maintenance controls which will enable it to generate large quantities of electricity through magnets in the turbine cores.


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Officials of the British Ministry of Defense (MoD) along with executives from BAE Systems were expected to brief Indian Defence Ministry and Indian Air Force (IAF) officials regarding the project. Nik Khanna, head of BAE Systems India, while speaking to the Business Standard back then, had said –

“We are looking for international partners to access the best-assured capability (for developing the Tempest).”

BAE Systems Tempest - Wikipedia
BAE Systems Tempest – Wikipedia

While referring to the specific role of New Delhi in the Tempest Project, Khanna said – “A big cost driver for a futuristic aerospace system is going to be the requirement for more and more software engineers. India has a huge capability in that area.”

However, despite no developments on India’s role in the Tempest project and proposal almost falling through, it seems that New Delhi could still join the program along with the likes of Japan and Netherlands.

“Time remains for other partners to join Tempest. You have seen other nations express an interest and we are extremely positive for the future,” said Alessandro Profumo, CEO of Italian Defence Giant Leonardo, while speaking to Reuters recently.

In 2007, India and Russia had agreed to jointly build a fifth-generation fighter jet called Sukhoi/HAL Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA) or Perspective Multi-role Fighter (PMF). However, with India deciding to withdraw from the FGFA program in 2018, the project was suspended. Though, it is reported that the project would be resumed at a later stage after Russia’s latest fifth-generation fighter Su-57 becomes fully operational.



THE TEMPEST PROGRAM
Launched in 2018, the Tempest Program aims to develop optionally-manned stealth fighters, expected to enter service by 2040. British Education Secretary and then Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson had unveiled the model of the Tempest at the Farnborough Air Show held in Northeast Hampshire last year.

While the UK has committed initial funding of £2 billion ($2.6 billion) to the Tempest Project, it has now been joined by Italy and Sweden as partners via aerospace giants Leonardo and Saab, with rumours of Netherlands joining in too.

According to the British government this year, seven more companies have been recruited into the program with the number of people on Team Tempest likely to increase from 1.800 to 2,500 by 2021.

The Tempest fighter jet will be developed in what looks like an ensemble of worldly aerospace and defence giants. The program will be led by BAE Systems, with Rolls Royce contributing engines, European missile developer MBDA integrating weapons and Italian firm Leonardo developing sensors and avionics.

FEATURES
The Tempest is a large single-seated twin-engine delta-wing stealth fighter jet with a cranked trailing edge and two vertical stabilizers slanted inwards, similar to a US F-22 jet.

With Stealth technology a prerequisite for any sixth-generation fighter jet, the Tempest is set to boast a laundry list of features including being optionally-manned, mounting hypersonic or directed energy weapons, and the ability to deploy and control drone swarms.

According to Rolls Royce, the stealthily recessed adaptive-cycle turbofans of the fighter will be built of lightweight composite materials, featuring superior thermal management and digital maintenance controls which will enable it to generate large quantities of electricity through magnets in the turbine cores.
 

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This is all old rehashed news and a no such solid offer has ever been made or will be made. The UK will not be sharing such technology.
 

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The last time India work together with Russia for developing the fifth generation jet fighter didn't successful.

Forget about the sixth.
 

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I truly hope India does not join the Tempest programme, it will really kill my motivation for the programme...

Btw, all of the partners contribute their technology to the programme, they dont cross share that technology or provide "transfer of tehnology" to other partners...

There is no way that the UK will provide the engine technology to the Swedes, or Italy. That is not how it works in being a partner..

Maybe when the talks first started, that is what India asked for, and what all of the partners rejected ? And, that is why there is (thankfully) no India involvement...

I suspect, that is why Japan didnot get onboard either..
 

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Pakistan should try to emphasise that the deep involvement of Russia in India's fighter jet fleet and that compromised elements would be able to pass classified secrets and technology from the Tempest to their Russian handlers, means that India is a no-go partner.
 

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