Defence Minister Mark Lancaster has announced a new recruitment drive for Team Tempest, say the MoD. The Minister claimed that the number of people working on the programme set to more than double over the next two years.
The programme, say the MoD, is set up to develop a sixth-generation fighter jet to join the RAF’s fleet from 2035. The project already employs over 1,000 people across UK industry and the MOD is planning to increase that number to over 2,500 by 2021.
Defence Minister Mark Lancaster said “Team Tempest offers thousands of young recruits an exciting opportunity to work on a crucial programme securing our dynamic combat air power in the decades to come. This recruitment drive demonstrates our enduring commitment to securing and advancing the careers of some of the brightest minds in the UK.”
This comes not long after it was revealed that Sweden is joining the programme. The announcement of Sweden’s collaboration on the project is expected to be made later this month at the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT). Tempest’s purpose is to explore the technologies and systems that could form a future combat air system.