Team Tempest 3D Model - RAF

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Unread post17 Jul 2020, 13:21

The RAF & Team Tempest have a 3D model of Tempest up. It has a full delta wing. I would love to get some commentary on this from folks who are bigger experts than me on what handling and internal weapons payload might be for this design.

https://www.raf.mod.uk/what-we-do/team-tempest/tempest/
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Unread post18 Jul 2020, 01:53

Overall, it is very nice looking design, certainly the world's best attempt at a 5th Generation fighter outside the United States thus far, at least IMO. And yes, despite attempts at branding it a 6th Gen fighter, it isn't really that. The sensors and electronics seem very F-35-like while the airframe appears designed with an eye toward greater "fighter" performance. With a lifting body design, a huge wing area and with thrust vectoring engines, it should turn well. It could be a complete beast at higher altitudes. It very much looks like they are trying to combine a stealthy airframe with the electronic brains of an F-35 and the all out performance of an F-22 or Typhoon. Provided they can get it into production and make more than just a few of them, it looks like it has the potential to be an extremely capable platform. I hope it is successful. I think we need another cutting edge fighter design in production in the west. Aircraft like this, along with the F-22 and F-35 should keep western allied nations well ahead of Russian and Chinese developments. I can clearly see why Japan is also taking an interest in the Tempest design.
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Unread post18 Jul 2020, 02:41

The key is to be modular so new weapons and sensors can be added when the RAF finds the money to fund them.

Based on your assessment that Tempest is Typhoon performance meets F-35 avionics and stealth, it will be too bad that Tempest will be fielded 20-25 years after the F-35, say 2015 for the F-35 and 2040 for Tempest. On the other hand, maybe BAE can get its act together and get Tempest going sooner.

You mentioned Japan. Japan seems to want a plane in the air earlier than Tempest's timeline.

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