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Work on the joint engine demonstrator will start early next year, with the UK investing an initial £ 30million in planning, digital designs and innovative manufacturing developments.

Additional UK funding of £ 200million is expected to be spent on developing a full scale demonstration power system, supporting hundreds of highly skilled jobs, many at Rolls-Royce’s Filton factory in Bristol .

Over the next four years, the UK will invest more than £ 2 billion in its main national and international effort to design a future leading combat air system. In parallel, through its FX program, Japan is seeking to develop a future fighter plane on a similar timescale to replace the F-2 plane.

British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said:
Strengthening our partnerships in the Indo-Pacific is a strategic priority and this engagement with Japan, one of our closest security partners in Asia, is a clear example.

Designing a whole new combat air system with a combat aircraft at its heart is a very ambitious project, so it is vital to work with like-minded nations. Building on the technological and industrial strengths of our two countries, we will explore a far-reaching partnership in next-generation combat air technologies.

After exploring for some time the opportunities with Japan on future combat air systems, alongside the UK’s growing partnership with European countries, discussions gained momentum following a meeting between the UK Secretary to Defense Ben Wallace and Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi in Tokyo this summer.

UK Defense Procurement Minister Jeremy Quin said:
As I have seen with my own eyes, our partners in Japan have made tremendous progress on technologies that can complement our own advanced skills and could help ensure that our two armed forces remain at the forefront of military innovation. .

We look forward to continuing the partnership with a formidable power and a close ally.

International partnership remains at the heart of the UK’s approach to air combat, as articulated in the Combat Air Strategy published in 2018.

Future Combat Air UK Director Richard Berthon said:
This initiative with Japan is a win-win opportunity to jointly develop world-class energy technologies. The investment and collaboration with Japan to demonstrate highly advanced engine systems will boost our domestic industries and design advanced military capability. We look forward to starting this work and continuing our discussions on a future collaboration.

The UK and Japan have also agreed to a “cooperation protocol” that allows the two countries to pursue common technologies. Together, the British and Japanese Ministries of Defense will explore the feasibility of a new subsystem collaboration throughout 2022. In the UK, this work will be undertaken by Team Tempest’s industrial partners: BAE Systems, Leonardo UK , MBDA UK and Rolls-Royce.

Alex Zino, Director of Business Development and Future Programs at Rolls-Royce, said:
At Rolls-Royce, we have a long-standing and valued relationship with our customers and industrial partners in Japan. Industry teams in the UK and Japan are bringing complementary technologies that will produce cleaner next-generation power and propulsion for the future needs of hunters in both countries.

The Joint Engine Demonstrator Program is an exciting opportunity to bring together some of the world’s best combat air capabilities and will also enable the development of innovative and critical technologies that will be fundamental to the future of the Defense aerospace industry.

The news follows plans announced in the UK’s Defense Command Paper, published in March 2021, to deepen and expand defense industrial relations in the Indo-Pacific region, including with Japan.

It also comes after HMS Queen Elizabeth and her carrier strike group traveled to Japan for its first operational deployment, and after the announcement in October that the UK and Japan would begin formal negotiations to increase bilateral cooperation on the matter. defense.

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