Italy to join UK & Sweden in Tempest project.

Italy will work with Britain and Sweden on the planned Tempest fighter plane programme as part of an agreement to deepen the countries’ air combat relationship, Britain’s defence ministry said on Wednesday (Sept 11th). 

“The agreement covers existing platforms such as Typhoon and F-35, as well as Tempest, the programme initiated by the UK to develop a next generation combat air system,” the ministry said in a statement.

The Tempest had originally been announced as a project that would address the somewhat embarrassing situation whereby the country that produced such iconic aircraft as the Spitfire and the Lightning is unable to unilaterally make fighter aircraft. Currently France and Sweden are the only twoEuropean countries capable of doing so.

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