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Farnborough 2022: Tempest Future Combat Air System demonstrator to fly within the next five years

18th July 2022 - 15:15 GMT | by Harry Lye in London


Tempest Future Combat Air System (FCAS) rendering. (Photo: UK MoD/ Crown Copyright)

The UK government announced on the opening day of the Farnborough Airshow that a low-observable demonstrator for the UK-led Tempest Future Combat Air System (FCAS) would fly within the next five years.

As the Farnborough International Air Show kicked off on 18 July, UK defence secretary Ben Wallace confirmed plans for the country to lead the development of a demonstrator fighter aircraft that would play a key role in proving the technology and design principles behind the Tempest Future Combat Air System (FCAS).

Building and flying the demonstrator is already approved and not subject to an upcoming FCAS business case later in 2022, UK MoD Director of Future Combat Air Richard Berthon told reporters during a press briefing at Farnborough.

Berthon added that the MoD and Industry are jointly funding the demonstrator effort.

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Harry Lye


Harry Lye

Harry Lye was Senior Naval Reporter at Shephard Media.

Harry joined the company in 2021, …

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