Sunday, December 10, 2023

British 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 terms of nuclear submarines, the opening of the Tempest program to certain European partners, or the rapprochement with the American Futur Vertical Lift program , Great Britain has multiplied its 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 of Japan's new generation fighter, with the signing of a cooperation protocol, at the end of December, concerning the engines of the device .

It seems that Rolls-Royce turbojets and Martin-Baker ejection seats will not be the only Japanese borrowing from British technology. Indeed, the two countries have just announced the signing of a new cooperation protocol around the JAGUAR program which will equip both the Tempest and the FX, and will provide a set of new generation sensors allowing both devices to have an advanced and exhaustive vision of the environment in which they will operate. This program will be developed over the next 5 years, and will create 75 jobs in Great Britain, including 40 engineering positions within the Leonardo group in charge of this area within the Tempest program, with an overall budget of 2 £bn to achieve this.

Tempest model
the Tempest and FX will likely share the same propulsion technology

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Fabrice Wolf
Fabrice Wolf
A former French naval aeronautics pilot, Fabrice is the editor and main author of the site. His areas of expertise are military aeronautics, defense economics, air and submarine warfare, and Akita inu.

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