Defense Secretary Ben Wallace seeks partners to build Tempest jets

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Come Fly With Us: Secretary of Defense Ben Wallace Seeks Partners to Build Next Generation Tempest Fighter Jets

Defense Secretary Ben Wallace called on more countries to join Britain’s Tempest program to build the next generation of fighter jets.

Italy and Sweden have already expressed interest in the project – which is a partnership between the Defense Ministry and companies such as BAE Systems, Rolls-Royce and the UK arm of Italian group Leonardo.

Wallace said the UK was “keen to see more international partners join us on the path of discovery.”

Take off: what the new generation Tempest fighter will look like. Italy and Sweden have already expressed interest in joining the UK with the project

The comments come as Swedish defense giant Saab prepares to invest £ 50million in the project this week.

Saab plans to create a research center in the UK which could be close to the Tempest teams at BAE Systems in Lancaster.

Speaking at the virtual version of the Farnborough Airshow, Wallace said: “There is room for a wide range of other partnerships.

Wallace revealed that seven other companies were on board the project launched in 2018: Bombardier, Collins, GE, GKN, Martin-Baker, Qinetiq and Thales.

Involving more countries in projects would help spread the costs.

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