The British defense company BAE Systems has announced that it is conducting wind tunnel testing of a Tempest stealth jet with a variety of advanced weapon systems.
Sixth generation fighter with two engineswill be able to carry hypersonic missiles and laser weapons powered by an advanced power plant. In addition to improved stealth technology and super-maneuverability, it will be equipped with a reconfigurable artificial intelligence system and advanced cyber communications, allowing it control swarms of drones no worse than a flight control center.
Since The Tempest is in its early stagesdevelopment, BAE Systems will use a 3D printed aircraft model and digital simulations during the next aerodynamic tests.
Production of the first fully functionalThe sixth generation fighters are due to start in 2035 to replace the current F-35 Lightning II and Typhoon fleets, which will be retired in the 2040s. Rolls-Royce, Leonardo and MBDA are also involved in the development of the aircraft.
Earlier in August, the US Air Force also unveiled a prototype of the new B-21 stealth bomber.</p>