Seven new companies are to collaborate with Team Tempest, the consortium delivering the UK’s next generation combat aircraft known as Tempest.
The companies who have signed a partnership are: GEUK, GKN, Collins Aerospace, Martin Baker, QinetiQ, Bombardier and Thales UK, along with UK universities and SMEs.
The Ministry of Defence say that the new members of Team Tempest will join forces on established projects and development work with core members BAE Systems, Leonardo UK, MBDA UK, Rolls-Royce and the Ministry of Defence, bringing the best of British expertise and ingenuity on designing, manufacturing and operating combat air systems.
Defence Minister Jeremy Quin said:
“Today’s announcement demonstrates further progress in delivering the UK’s combat air strategy, with more companies collaborating on the future of the UK’s Air Defence. This is a highly innovative project based around cutting-edge technology and drawing on a skills base where the UK excels. I am delighted that the success and strengths of Team Tempest are being enhanced through drawing on UK expertise; working with industrial partners and highly capable international team we are configured for future success.”
Together the companies will develop more than 60 technology prototypes and demonstration activities say the Ministry of Defence in their announcement of the news here.
For more on Tempest, take a look at our article on how Tempest could turn out.