Through recent official communications from the United Kingdom, they have assured that the future demonstrator of their sixth generation fighter program will fly within five years. This follows the recent statement by the United Kingdom Secretary of Defense, Ben Wallace, in front of the House of Commons on July 18.

During his presentation, the Secretary of Defense assured the future technology demonstrator would fly within five years. Teams are developing it from the UK Ministry of Defense and the Italian industry, indicating that it is an essential step to demonstrate the program’s technological and industrial capabilities.

The construction of a technology demonstration aircraft is part of the UK’s Future Combat Air System (FCAS), commonly referred to as Tempest. 

Within the initiative, the UK Defense Ministry and aerospace industry merged, led by BAE Systems and collaborations with European corporations like Leonardo.

As officially stated, “The demo aircraft is already under development between government and industry partners Team Tempest and the UK is actively progressing collaboration opportunities on the project with Italian industry partners.”

Team Tempest grouped a UK company as subsidiaries based in the country.

Here the efforts of BAE Systems, Rolls-Royce, Leonardo, and MBDA are grouped and focused, aiming to increase personnel hired by 2023. Other foreign companies join the efforts to develop future demonstrator systems. This is the most recent case in Japan, which through Mitsubishi Electric and Leonardo UK will soon present its new radar called JAGUAR.

Among the features declaimed by the UK authorities, the demonstration aircraft will have supersonic and stealth capabilities and a set of new technologies in tune with the advances in the 21st century. Construction is being carried out at BAE Systems facilities in the north of England.

The demonstrator is vital to ensure that our technology, skills, and industrial capacity are ready for the future. Designing and building the flying demonstrator will test integration and testing skills. 

It will also provide invaluable data and lessons to the UK industry to support the introduction of new FCAS aircraft from 2035.“; finalized the statement from the Ministry of Defense of the United Kingdom.