DSEI 2021 – Marshall has signed a contract with BAE Systems to partner on Team Tempest as part of a broader strategic collaboration framework between the two companies that will see Marshall become the first supplier to have delegated design authority on the programme.

Marshall has reached an agreement with BAE Systems to partner on design, manufacture and testing work as part of ongoing technology demonstration projects on Tempest.

Marshall CEO Kathy Jenkins explains:

“Naturally, given its significance to the UK’s future combat air strategy, we are delighted
to have secured a unique role on the ground-breaking Tempest programme. This is a testament to the strength and spirit of our partnership and trust in our capabilities for design and manufacturing which has seen our engineering teams work together over a wide range of projects since we signed a joint strategic collaboration framework last year.

During this period we have been able to repeatedly demonstrate the unique range of expertise Marshall is able to deliver,and we look forward to working with our colleagues at BAE Systems on Tempest and other future programmes where our complementary skills will be of benefit.”

Ian Muldowney, Chief Operating Officer for BAE Systems’ Air Sector, commented:

“Since Team Tempest was launched in 2018, we have continually sought opportunities to bring the very best of UK capability and expertise into the team as we seek to develop the generation-defining combat air system which will help safeguard the security of our nation and our allies towards the end of this century.

We have developed a long and enduring relationship with Marshall who will bring significant experience and expertise to the project. By continuing to widen the partnership, we are increasingly making Tempest a true national endeavour, which will help contribute to the retention, growth and investment in a wider world-class UK skills base and realise significant prosperity benefits for the UK.”

The work will be undertaken in Cambridge with manufacturing activities taking place at Marshall’s dedicated composites facility in North Yorkshire.

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James William Fennell
James William Fennell
25 days ago

They need this after losing the C-130 fleet, which was their mainstay.

DRS
DRS
25 days ago

We need to see an actual prototype out there. Too much waffle about digital models and doing testing virtually etc. Build something and try it flying even if one off. You will learn a lot of how it gets put together I know that is a bit old fashioned approach but having something concrete makes it better sell to public and hopefully less difficult to cancel.

Levi Goldsteinberg
Levi Goldsteinberg
25 days ago
Reply to  DRS

Don’t know if you saw, but there’s an aircraft under construction right now acting as a test bed for systems

Greg Smith
Greg Smith
24 days ago
Reply to  DRS

There’s one flying in Oz already apparently, a 21st Century EAP. 😉

Pmichael
Pmichael
24 days ago
Reply to  DRS

It needs more money, badly.

eclipse
eclipse
23 days ago
Reply to  Pmichael

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/uk-cuts-gbp370-million-from-tempest-programme

Despite rumours and misconceptions the UK has not only spent 2 billion on Tempest; in fact, the figure is much higher.

The MoD has already spent 9.46 billion pounds on Tempest out of 12.8 billion that is the spending cap for the first four years. Tempest is not, like many think, underfunded.

Sean
Sean
24 days ago
Reply to  DRS

‘Digital twinning’ is how the US has managed to get its 6th generation fighter prototype up and flying in record time compared to previous aircraft programmes.

Spyinthesky
Spyinthesky
24 days ago
Reply to  Sean

Well the concept is sound I grant you but has anyone actually seen this 6th Gen prototype that Trump originally took the praise for. I may be a little cynical but the most I have heard speculated is that it’s an existing test bed airframe containing some systems, design elements and tech proposed for and complimentary to the design of this new fighter. That’s a bIt one could argue like what’s being planned for the UK test bed being put together now though it might be a fighter airframe being used. However if there are authentic pics of it somewhere… Read more »

Spyinthesky
Spyinthesky
24 days ago
Reply to  DRS

You are Elon Musk and I claim my $5… or is it rand

Andy P
Andy P
24 days ago
Reply to  DRS

Not sure concrete would be my building material of choice. 😉

As has been said, there are new ways to do things and I’m pretty sure the money men will know best on how they do this stuff, I’ll leave it to them.

ATH
ATH
24 days ago

They still have lots of C-130 contracts with airforces other than the RAF.

Marc Newitt
Marc Newitt
23 days ago

They haven’t lost the C130s, they won a contract to service the US Navy/Marine Corp C-130T aircraft. Another thing is, how are they going to be manufacturing at Cambridge when they sold the lot off to Celtic Air Ventures? If it goes anything like when we had the contract for Nimrod MRA4 don’t expect results any time soon.

Robert Blay.
Robert Blay.
25 days ago

More positive news. Momentum is building.

JR
JR
25 days ago
Reply to  Robert Blay.

I see the Tempest fighter as a real opportunity for the UK to demonstrate it has the ambition and drive to really develop a world beating cutting edge warplane. A real opportunity for the RAF to be seen as a formidable air force that can dominate to control vast swathes of air space (the North Sea). Only the US will equal this capability. But….Labour, Low numbers, rising costs and TSR2 all keep on trying to destroy this vision

ATH
ATH
24 days ago
Reply to  JR

What has a dubious aircraft cancelled in the middle of the last century got to do with Tempest?

History is interesting but it has no power unless you choose to give it power. Live in the modern world not the world of the past, something you can do nothing about.

Peter C. Morton
Peter C. Morton
24 days ago
Reply to  ATH

The cancellation of TSR2 was an act of treasonous vandalism . At the time more than 30 aircraft were under construction. If the labour government had even kept these to equip 1 wing of RAF it would have cost little. But not only were the airframes destroyed, the construction jigs as well. By political decree. Instead Dennis Healy proposed buying American F111s. I my book corruption. Also the VTOL Supersonic fighter the HS P1154 was cancelled though it led to the P1127 Harrier. Finally the Armstrong Whitworth STOVL freighter was cancelled and the RAF bought Hercs instead. The whole thing… Read more »

John Clark
John Clark
24 days ago

Hi Peter, TSR2 is a vexing issue. An amazing aircraft, a technical marvel, but an aircraft that alas should never have been started. By 1962 it was obvious we couldn’t afford such a large and complex aircraft, it was ‘totally’ beyond our ability to pay for and operate in the required numbers. We should have concentrated on affordable fighter bombers, we might have been able to sell a son of the Hawker Hunter, or a development of the Lightning. It ‘could’ have lead to a sustainable British fighter aircraft industry…. Not knocking the TSR2, I’m it’s biggest fan, I’ve extensively… Read more »

Andy P
Andy P
24 days ago

Meh, hardly “an act of treasonous vandalism”, think it was more ‘rock and a hard place’ financially and Defence is always an easy target for cuts. Its not just Labour though, the Tories have been pretty short sighted when it comes to this stuff too.

Anthony
Anthony
23 days ago

As a member of a Bristol family hose relatives worked on both the design and manufacture of TSR2 its cancellation was al political As was the cancellation of Blue Steel The then Labour government were desperate for the USA to support the pound and the US condition was to cancel the UK programes andtobuy the F111. BAC as it was then evaluated the F111 and showed it would not meet its stated performancen no purchase. Ironically BAC were awarded a contract to service F111 planes from Vietnam and they carried some modification that US pilots on taking them back into… Read more »

JR
JR
22 days ago
Reply to  ATH

Post Brexit UK will see closer and closer alignment of the RAF with the USAF, with the UK taking a guaranteed share of production. Isn’t this inevitable? And is already happening (F-35, Wedgetail, Rivet Joint, Apache, P8 etc). It makes perfect sense for the UK to partner with the US in developing and producing a sixth generation fighter. Tempest will be too expensive, in too few numbers and it’s development will be too long without the US. We will be following China, not in front of them.

Sean
Sean
24 days ago
Reply to  JR

The TSR2 was cancelled by a Labour government. Do you seriously see them returning to power anytime soon? 🤷‍♂️

simon alexander
simon alexander
24 days ago
Reply to  Sean

i saw recently something on youtube which suggested that the usa leaned on Australia not to buy tsr2 to replace the Canberra’s they had and usa pushed the swing wing F1-11’s. the Australia order would have boosted the tsr2 chances.

Sean
Sean
24 days ago

My acceptance of what YouTube videos claim has plummeted during the pandemic…

laurence dawson
laurence dawson
24 days ago
Reply to  Sean

Americans, plus Mountbatten pushing the buccaneer as a cheaper alternative to anyone who would listen…
The rot was already well in by then after Duncan Sandy’s defence white paper which ludicrously claimed advanced, particularly fighter aircraft were no longer needed. Conservative by the way so all political parties are to blame.
Exciting time to turn all that round and show what we can do..

JR
JR
24 days ago
Reply to  Sean

UK politicians have a good track record of destroying all world beating cutting edge military projects to suit thier own short term agendas. Even after the MOD have already spent billions, leaving a shortfall in capability, only to be filled by a less capable technology. I see Tempest going the same way, but I hope not. Can I see Labour coming to power soon, no. But it will be a decade before Tempest takes to the air. Just my own cynical opinion.

Spyinthesky
Spyinthesky
24 days ago
Reply to  JR

Sadly your cynicism is well placed even most Tories don’t have the flair for projects of this nature that Boris shows. Geez the guy even had serious temptation for the NI bridge he loves a project be it crazy or in the case of Tempest seriously beneficial.

Karl Kerr
Karl Kerr
24 days ago

Actually it was Lord Mount batten that tried to persuade Australia to buy Buccaneers being a Navy man. Of course they went on to procure F-111’s

Spyinthesky
Spyinthesky
24 days ago

Well that is certainly a long held view though delays certainly didn’t help. I suspect the Americans exploited the latter to add pressure to them and by then the Australians knew which side their bread was buttered on and who they needed to defend them. And of course the US put massive pressure on us too and it has been claimed a loan to get us through yet another financial mess was totally reliant upon cancelling it. That said, as wonderful a design as it no doubt was I do wonder considering later experience with Tornado how long it’s low… Read more »

Spyinthesky
Spyinthesky
24 days ago
Reply to  Sean

To be fair it would only need to be sometime in the next decade. In a two party system sooner or later the public will always see greener grass.

Spyinthesky
Spyinthesky
24 days ago
Reply to  JR

Only the fact that it’s cancellation would pretty much send Bae aerospace interest across the pond keeps me reasonably confident this will continue. That said an eventual push into the French, sorry European effort might happen I fear if not enough foreign collaboration can be arranged, but after the sub controversy the most we could expect is to design a wheel nut if we are lucky, so that might not even be an option anyway. Mind you if son of Corby ever gets in I fully expect us to buy Chinese if we buy anything at all.

Tams
Tams
22 days ago
Reply to  JR

Bringing up the ancient TSR2 and a political party that are not in power…

Yeah, your opinion is of no importance to anyone.

JR
JR
22 days ago
Reply to  Tams

Hi Tams, Thanks for the response (sorry for making you upset). The UK have 2 aircraft carriers, yet the MOD can’t even commit to 138 F-35Bs…To replace Tornado and the operate from the 2 carriers. How can you do this with such a small fleet? (oh yes rely on the USMC). So what makes you think the MOD are going to develop and produce a sixth generation fighter. It will be cancelled, the technologies developed will go to USA and we will get a workshare (as per the F-35), and we will end with whatever replaces the F-22. And operate… Read more »