Project developing new RAF aircraft to double UK workforce

Team Tempest is part of a £2bn investment from the Ministry of Defence to produce a sixth-generation stealth fighter jet to join the RAF fleet from 2035

A UK project to develop a next-generation combat aircraft plans to more than double its workforce by 2021 to meet its deadline.

Team Tempest is made up of BAE Systems; the UK arm of Leonardo of Italy; the European missile maker MBDA and Rolls-Royce. They are working with the Royal Air Force as part of a £2bn ($2.4bn, €2.4bn) investment from the Ministry of Defence.

Their aim is to develop the technologies needed for a sixth-generation stealth fighter jet, which will join the RAF fleet from 2035. It will replace the Eurofighter Typhoon, which is due for retirement at around the same time.

The group has until December 2020 to finalise a business case for the project.

“We have to give the government confidence we are working towards a viable international partnership,” said Andrew Kennedy, strategic campaigns director at BAE Systems’ Air division.

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“They have to be confident we are doing something that will be affordable, capable and delivered on time.”

To meet this deadline the project will more than double its total UK workforce from 1,000 to 2,500 by 2021.

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