The Global Combat Air Programme (GCAP) is a new partnership and ambitious endeavour between the UK, Japan and Italy to deliver the next generation of combat air fighter jets.
Due to take to the skies by 2035, the ambition is for this to be a next-generation jet enhanced by a network of capabilities such as uncrewed aircraft, advanced sensors, cutting-edge weapons and innovative data systems.
"The next-generation of combat aircraft we design will protect us and our allies around the world by harnessing the strength of our world-beating defence industry," Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said.
The UK and Italy already worked toghether in "Team Tempest" do develop a new air combat system. Japan was working on the Mitsubishi F-X before GCAP.
The target of GCAP deliveries from 2035 proposes a challenging schedule - France, Germany and Spain expect to have their new fighter, dubbed FCAS, ready by 2040.
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