Tempest – this is the tentative name of the new generation fighter that the UK will create together with Italy and Japan. The machine will use artificial intelligence that will allow the machine to stay in combat even when the pilot loses consciousness.
The plane, tentatively named Tempest, is due to be ready by 2035 and replace the Typhoon that has been used by the British Air Force for two decades. As reported, it will have features such as gesture control and eye-tracking technologies to measure the pilot’s workload and identify his fatigue and mental stress. The built-in artificial intelligence will allow the aircraft to stay in combat even when the pilot loses consciousness. There will be no knobs in the cockpit, and advanced stealth technology will make the jet almost invisible to radar.
“The security of the UK, today and for generations to come, will always be of the utmost importance to this government. That’s why we need to stay at the forefront of advances in defense technology – staying ahead of those who want to harm us. An international partnership we announced today with Italians and Japan aims to do just that, and underlines that the security of the Euro-Atlantic and Indo-Pacific regions is indivisible, said British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, who visited RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire on Friday.
John Healey, the minister of defense in the shadow cabinet of the opposition Labor Party, also spoke positively about the project, assuring his party’s support for the government’s actions on this issue. However, he drew attention to the issue of training pilots to operate such advanced machines. ‘Ministers need to explain how this fits into wider plans for the future of the RAF (Royal Air Force), including how delays in the training of fast jet pilots will be prevented,’ he said.
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Partnership between UK, Italy and Japan, which is called the Global Combat Air Program (GCAP), may be opened to other countries in the future. The jointly developed fighter is to be compatible with other aircraft NATO countries.
In a statement, the British government cited last year’s estimates by the audit firm PricewaterhouseCoopers, according to which taking the lead in the development of such an aircraft could create 21,000 jobs a year and contribute £26.2 billion to the economy by 2050.
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