Number of Tempest Program Countries Increasing

Number of Tempest Program Countries Increasing 12 September, 2019

Italy has agreed to partner with UK defence firms to work on the Tempest, the UK-initiated next-generation combat air system. Tempest is a collaboration between the British Government and industrial partners BAE Systems, Rolls-Royce, MBDA and Leonardo. Sweden officially joined the program in July 2019, thus Italy is the third nation to partner on the programme.

Gen. Nicolò Falsaperna, Italy’s Secretary General of Defence, and Sir Simon Bollom, CEO of Defence Equipment & Support, as National Armaments Directors of Italy and the UK, signed a Declaration of Intents to collaborate in the Tempest program at Defence & Security Exhibition International 2019.

“The Declaration of Intent commits both Governments to further develop their capabilities in the Combat Air sector. It is the result of a joint Government Feasibility Study” says the Italian MoD press release. According to the Italian Defence officials, the study came to the conclusion that the UK and Italy are natural partners in the Combat Air sector, also thanks to the collaboration between in the Defence field and in particular between the Italian Air Force and Royal Air Force that employ the same aircraft: both are equipped with the Eurofighter Typhoon and the F-35. The employment of the same weapons systems has allowed the two air arms to develop a common vision on doctrine, training and grow a similar operational experience: this means that Italy and the UK share objectives and know how that is needed to work on a next generation aircraft.

Number of Tempest Program Countries Increasing

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