Marshall joins Tempest fighter programme

UK-based aerospace systems supplier Marshall has become the latest company to join the Team Tempest project, which is intended to deliver a sixth-generation fighter into service with the Royal Air Force from 2035.

In a September 15 announcement Marshall revealed that it had signed a contract with BAE Systems to partner on Team Tempest as part of a broader collaboration framework between the two companies, that will see the former become the first supplier to have delegated design authority on the programme.

Tempest concept
Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group has become the latest company to join the Team Tempest effort, which plans to introduce a sixth-generation fighter into UK service in less than 15 years time. BAE Systems

The company stated that it had reached an agreement to partner on design, manufacture and testing work as part of the ongoing technology demonstration projects on Tempest.

Marshall CEO Kathy Jenkins said that the company was “delighted to have secured a unique role” in the programme, pointing to the benefits in having already completed “a wide range of projects” since the signing of a joint strategic collaboration framework in 2020.

“During this period we have been able to repeatedly demonstrate the unique range of expertise Marshall is able to deliver, and we look forward to working with our colleagues at BAE Systems on Tempest and other future programmes where our complementary skills will be of benefit,” Jenkins said.

Commenting on the partnership agreement Ian Muldowney, COO for BAE Systems’ Air sector, said the two companies had developed “a long and enduring relationship”, with the Tempest programme “increasingly… a true national endeavour”.

The work will be undertaken in Cambridge with manufacturing activities taking place at Marshall’s dedicated composites facility in North Yorkshire.