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UK unveils model of new jet fighter, Tempest

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By Euronews
The Tempest jet
The Tempest jet   -   Copyright  Reuters

The UK has unveiled a full-scale model of a planned new fighter jet, provisionally named Tempest, which would be operated remotely or by a pilot.

The aircraft is intended to replace the Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft, beginning in 2035, and to fly alongside the UK's most recent addition to its fleet, the Lockheed F-35.

BAE, which worked on a consortium to build the Eurofighter jets, is working on the new aircraft without its former partner Airbus, which joined an alliance with French defence company Dassault after Britain voted to leave the European Union in 2016.

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson unveiled the model at the Farnborough Air Show.

Gavin Williamson unveils the model

"Today’s news leaves industry, our military, the country, and our allies in no doubt that the UK will be flying high in the combat air sector as we move into the next generation," Williamson said.