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BAE Systems highlights need to invest in skills and infrastructure to de-risk next-gen combat aircraft programme

19th April 2023 - 14:30 GMT | by Norbert Neumann in London

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One key area the partners will focus on is technology development that will help shape the final requirements of the Tempest and GCAP programmes. (Photo: BAE Systems)

BAE Systems has won a contract extension worth £656m from the UK MoD to develop the concept and technology for the next generation combat aircraft, part of the Tempest project, but will need to ensure it has the right niche skills and digital and physical infrastructure to successfully deliver.

The UK MoD has awarded a contract extension worth £656 million ($778 million) to BAE Systems to progress the concept and technology of the next generation combat aircraft.

The new funding will build on the science, research and engineering already completed under the first phase of the contract delivered by UK Tempest partners BAE Systems, Leonardo UK, MBDA UK and Rolls-Royce.

These money is part of the more than £2 billion worth of UK government spending on the Tempest project up to May 2025.

Talking to Shephard, BD director for future combat air systems at BAE Systems Air John

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Norbert is the Aviation, Military Training & Simulation reporter at Shephard Media. Before joining Shephard in …

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