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Sweden in the new Tempest plane program

The agreement with the UK for the sixth generation fighter at the "Riat 2019" has been formalized

UK Defense Minister Stuart Andrew and Swedish counterpart Peter Hultqvist have officially confirmed the signing of an agreement at the "Royal International Air Tattoo" ("RIAT") thanks to which both will work together to develop new technologies for the future fighter aircraft Tempest, destined to replace the Eurofighter Typhoon of the Royal Air Force, and in the light of the agreement, also the Swedish Saab Jas-39 Gripen perhaps as early as 2030-35. An awaited confirmation, given in front of an audience of industry representatives from around the world almost a year after the London government announced its intention to invest £ 1.9 billion in technologies associated with a future fighter, in the whose program Sweden will be able to put into practice its electronic warfare skills developed in the implementation of Saab Gripen E. An European fighter program, or rather a consortium known as Team Tempest, which already sees the participation of several important players in the British aerospace sector, including BAE Systems, Leonardo (with its UK subsidiary), MBDA and the engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce.

"Riat 2019", one of the largest military air shows in the world held annually during the third week-end of July at the RAF base in Fairford, UK, was the ideal setting for the confirmation of the agreement that enshrines the Sweden's entry into what will be the sixth-generation multi-role stealth fighter for which Stockholm seems willing to invest a couple of billion as the consortium's first international partner.

The TeamTempest was launched after the failure of talks with France and Germany for joining the program that is now a competitor of an European fighter known as the Future Combat Air System (FCAS, which involves Airbus and Dassault, with the recent accession of Spain, see AVIONEWS). Among the favorite Nations to enter the Tempest are Japan and Italy. In perhaps Turkey after the acceptance of deliveries of the Russian anti-aircraft system S-400.

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