The UK, Japan, and Italy, the three governments participating in the Global Combat Air Programme (GCAP), have inked a global agreement to supply a cutting-edge stealth fighter outfitted with state-of-the-art technology and capable of travelling faster than the speed of sound.
With the creation of the GCAP International Government Organisation (the GIGO) by the participating governments, the treaty signifies a significant milestone in the joint development and delivery of a next-generation fighter aircraft by 2035.
As a major industrial contributor to the effects domain of the GCAP programme, MBDA is delighted about the international treaty that the three GCAP governments have signed.
The agreement also stated that the GCAP government headquarters (HQ) will be located in the UK, with Japan providing the position of CEO initially. Delivering essential military capability, bolstering each nation’s combat air industrial capability, and obtaining value for money will be the HQ’s responsibilities.
Separately, a future joint business construct with its headquarters in the UK will be in charge of managing programme support and timely delivery, including the combat aircraft’s 2035 in-service date (known as Tempest in the UK).
Following a recent meeting in Tokyo, representatives from Leonardo, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, and BAE Systems continued to discuss the future joint industrial construct to deliver GCAP. The industry partners announced a Collaboration Agreement in September of this year to facilitate continuing conversations about long-term working arrangements, concept maturity, and capability requirements for the next generation of combat aircraft. The joint development phase of the programme is due to launch in 2025.