Sweden is set to become the first international partner to join the British “Tempest” sixth-generation fighter program.
An announcement involving the governments and industries of the two nations is expected to be made at the three-day Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) event, which begins July 19 at RAF Fairford, according to industry executives.
Mark Goldsack, the director of the UK government's defense and security export organization, told media at the Paris Air Show recently that the British were holding discussions about joining the program with at least a dozen countries.
The British expect to start replacing the Typhoon with a new jet fighter around 2040.
https://www.defensenews.com/global/euro ... hter-push/Sweden had also been in talks about joining the FCAS program, but Saab CEO Hakan Buskhe pretty much played down any prospect of a tie-up with the Franco-German venture when he recently told reporters, “We are (in) much more intensive discussions with the Brits than the other consortium. ... I think we can do good things together.”
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Defence Secretary Penny Mordaunt and her Swedish counterpart Peter Hultqvist have signed a landmark agreement to partner on future combat air.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) commits both governments to work on a joint combat air development and acquisition programme, including the development of new concepts to meet both nations’ future requirements.
The Swedish Minister of Defence, Peter Hultqvist, confirmed both governments intend to remain at the forefront of combat air.
He stressed the opportunities to put advanced technologies onto Gripen and Typhoon, the world class combat aircraft currently operated by Sweden and the UK respectively, before inserting these technologies onto a future combat air system.
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/uk-a ... combat-airDiscussions between industries and governments had been ongoing since the publication of the UK’s Combat Air Strategy in July 2018, with common ground identified based on similar future Combat Air requirements, including being optimised for air defence.
Defence Minister Andrew confirmed that other nations were encouraged to join the UK/Swedish dialogue, on the condition that they had similar requirements.
The Air Force Chiefs of both nations addressed the audience at the event, as well as industry. UK industry was represented by BAE Systems, whilst Swedish industry was represented by Saab.
Sverige och Storbritannien undertecknar avtal om utveckling av framtida stridsflygsförmåga
https://www.regeringen.se/pressmeddelan ... gsformaga/
Bilateralt samarbete med Storbritannien för framtidens stridsflygförmåga
https://www.forsvarsmakten.se/sv/aktuel ... ygformaga/Samförståndsavtalet innebär att Sverige och Storbritannien nu kan börja samarbeta och genomföra studier för att se vilka förutsättningar det finns för en gemensam utveckling av Future Combat Air Systems, FCAS. Det stridsflygsystem som kan ersätta Jas 39 C/D Gripen kommande Jas 39 E Gripen stridsflygsystem om cirka 20 till 30 år.
Saab Comments on Swedish-UK Future Combat Air Announcement
https://saabgroup.com/media/news-press/ ... ouncement/