Storm warning!

The Farnborough Airshow saw the launch of the UK’s new Combat Air Strategy and the unveiling of a model of a brandnew, next-generation fighter concept – the Tempest. Jon Lake investigates.

Will Tempest follow Typhoon and Tornado?


A BAE Systems computer-generated concept of the Team Tempest Future Combat Air System. The aircraft is shown launching ‘swarming’ mini-UAVs.
BAE Systems

British Prime Minister Theresa May formally announced the publication of the UK’s Combat Air Strategy on the first day of the Farnborough Airshow. She revealed that a joint venture, ‘Team Tempest’, had been created to spearhead the next phase of the Future Combat Air System Technology Initiative (FCAS-TI), laying the groundwork for a programme to develop a successor to the Royal Air Force’s Eurofighter Typhoons. Together, the Combat Air Strategy and the Tempest represent a bold statement of intent for next-generation British air power, and for the UK to remain a world leader in the combat air sector.

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