Computer-generated image of the proposed Team Tempest Future Combat Air System concept (Picture: BAE Systems).
Computer-generated image of the proposed Team Tempest Future Combat Air System concept (Picture: BAE Systems).
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UK defence firm awarded £31m future fighter jet tech support contract by MOD

Computer-generated image of the proposed Team Tempest Future Combat Air System concept (Picture: BAE Systems).
Computer-generated image of the proposed Team Tempest Future Combat Air System concept (Picture: BAE Systems).

A £31m contract has been awarded to provide specialised engineering support for the UK's sixth-generation fighter jet aircraft which is being developed. 

Under the three-year contract, UK defence firm QinetiQ will provide technical support to the Ministry of Defence's (MOD's) DE&S Catalyst delivery team, which is responsible for delivering the latest combat air capabilities to frontline commands.

This includes Tempest, a highly advanced future fighter jet, which is due to enter service in 2035, operating as part of the UK's Future Combat Air System and was announced at the 2018 Farnborough International Air show.

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Computer-generated image of the proposed Team Tempest Future Combat Air System concept (Picture: BAE Systems).

Minister for Defence Procurement Alex Chalk said: "The Future Combat Air Systems programme continues to make good progress, as demonstrated by this latest engineering contract.

"I am delighted that highly skilled UK industry personnel will lend their support and expertise to the programme, as we work together to deliver a next-generation fighter jet for the future."

Group Captain Mark Butterworth, Deputy Head Catalyst and Chief Engineer for the FCAS portfolio at DE&S, said: "This was a fantastic opportunity to further reinforce the highly skilled DE&S engineering workforce with individuals who possess an in-depth and invaluable level of knowledge and expertise in specific technical areas."

This latest contract announced will secure around 45 jobs in Bristol, Boscombe Down, Farnborough, Malvern, Bath and Lincoln.

The FCAS programme already employs around 2,500 people across the UK including Scotland, the north-west and south-west of England.