- Dec 4, 2017
So UK has finally succeeded in it's hat in hand mission . Frankly after taking in Italy & Sweden as joint partners I wonder why did they see the need for another partner in the project ?
JASDF's next fighter will be developed as a common aircraft with the UK.
The Japanese and British governments made final adjustments in the direction of unifying the development plans of the two sides and jointly developing a common aircraft for the JASDF and the RAF's next fighter. In addition to nearly matching the performance required for the next fighter, it was determined that development costs could be reduced.
This was announced by several government officials. The costs related to development will be included in the defence budget request for fiscal 2023, and the overall picture of the development will be determined within this year.
Britain planned to deploy the Tempest, the successor to its main fighter, the Eurofighter Typhoon, in combat by 2035 and develop it jointly with Italy and Sweden.
In subsequent discussions between the Japanese and British governments, it was agreed that it would be appropriate to standardize the aircraft because the required performance was almost the same and the development period overlapped. It is also expected to reduce development costs, which are said to significantly exceed 1 trillion yen, and improve production efficiency.
Italy is also participating in the joint development. Lockheed Martin's involvement is expected to be limited to ensuring interoperability with U.S. military aircraft.
I recall innumerable visits by senior administration officials from the UK requesting Indian participation in the project since years .
Which brings me to an important point - with Japan on board what exactly is the distribution of work share & more importantly the contribution to the budget going to be like ?
What would Italy's & Sweden's contribution to the program be ? Or are they expected to hold on to their you know what now that UK has got a developmental partner & financier of much better standing than these two ?
Which brings me to Dassault & their feuding with Airbus on the FCAS . If Dassault is thru with ze Germans , there are 2 potential partners waiting in the wings for a tie up .
Interesting possibilities emerging in the European landscape of aviation development w.r.t the 6th Gen FA programs , isn't it sweetie ?
I'm eagerly awaiting another video by your favourite content creator Dago on this development & the comparisons / side swipes he's expected to take on the NGAD program . @Innominate