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UK to invite India to co-develop sixth-generation fighter aircraft Tempest

The only thing that seems clear is that the sixth-generation Tempest will be technologically far more advanced than current fifth-generation fighters like the F-22, F-35, J-20 and J-31


The model of jet fighter, Tempest, at the Farnborough Airshow in Britain last year photo: reuters

Ajai Shukla New Delhi
After having spurned Moscow’s proposal to jointly develop a fifth-generation fighter aircraft, the Indian Air Force (IAF) will be invited this month by the UK to co-develop a sixth-generation fighter called the Tempest. 

Business Standard learns that a UK delegation, including Ministry of Defence (MoD) officials and executives from British defence giant BAE Systems, who will arrive on February 18 for the Aero India 2019 exhibition in Bengaluru, will brief Indian MoD and IAF officials and gauge the potential for collaboration.

“We are looking for international partners to access the best assured capability (for developing the Tempest),” said Nik Khanna,

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First Published: Feb 08 2019 | 2:00 AM IST

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