Tempest's Technology Level Is Rising

Tempest's Technology Level Is Rising 25 August, 2020

The UK's 6th generation fighter jet programme Tempest, which is run by BAE Systems, Rolls-Royce, MBDA and Leonardo, has been announced as using digital design concepts for the construction process.

BAE Systems said simulation and 3D printing were being used to accelerate the development of fighter jets, which are scheduled to enter active service by 2035. 

Conceptual shapes for the aircraft were virtually designed and tested. The scale models were printed in 3D after being digitally tested, and the aerodynamic features of the design were tested at wind tunnel facilities in Lancashire.

The process to shape the final design of the fighter jet is digitised by the "smart factory" opened in Lancashire. In the factory, where the production process is planned to be completely digitized with robot technology, an environment where human and artificial intelligence will work together will be used for Tempest.

Tempest's Technology Level Is Rising

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