Tempest: two years to find partners in the project
Italy among the main options given Leonardo's participation
After the presentation of the Tempest it will be necessary to find international partners to receive further funding and participation in the research and development of the new generation British aircraft. In an interview of "Sole 24 Ore" Norman Bone -CEO of Leonardo Mw in the United Kingdom and of the cyber division of Leonardo- expressed the need to find countries willing to participate alongside the British industry in this project, testing the waters with Sweden, Germany -although it also participates in the FCAS project with France- Italy and Japan. Task to be carried out in these two years, as reported by Bone himself.
Italy -as written yesterday by AVIONEWS- is currently out of this project as it has never expressed an official interest in the Franco-German one, which puts it in a situation that requires a short-term decision to avoid being cut off out in the future. The most logical choice for political rigor would be the European one, but between Italy and the United Kingdom there are many more points of contact -as regards the aircraft used both for the industries- and for this reason deciding to participate in the Tempest project could represent the better idea.
Also because Leonardo already participates in the program, for which he will plan the avionics and the missile aspect - through the participation for 25% in MBDA. A decision will probably come soon enough, partly because the development time is relatively long since the idea would be to make it operational soon after 2030, or between "only" 12 years.
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