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GE Aviation at eye of Tempest with team effort

GE Aviation has signed up as part of a collaboration of leading aerospace companies to develop game-changing technologies.

Picture: BAE Systems

Team Tempest is a collaboration between BAE Systems, Leonardo UK, MBDA UK, Rolls-Royce and the Ministry of Defence to develop the technologies at pace and in an affordable manner.

GE Aviation will work on open architecture and infrastructure for electrical power and avionics systems at its Bishop's Cleeve facility.

John Haigh, executive product leader for electrical distribution at Bishop's Cleeve, said, "We are honoured to be a part of Team Tempest.

"Our specialism in high-voltage interfaces, along with deep domain experience across defence platforms, will help bring a solid base of expertise to the team."

European avionics vice-president Paul Laity added: "GE's commitment to UK aerospace and our long standing relationship with the Team Tempest members places GE in a unique position to help reimagine the interaction between human and machine, enable use of the full spectrum of data to assure the information advantage."

Collectively, the companies will work on more than 60 technology demonstration activities which are currently underway, which will demonstrate and de-risk world-leading processes, technology and intellectual property in half the time and at significantly lower cost than previous complex combat air programmes.

Dave Holmes, manufacturing director at BAE Systems which has a base in Brockworth, said: "We are widening Team Tempest and bringing the very best of UK capability and expertise, from both inside and outside of defence, directly into the team to work alongside us as we seek to develop the generation-defining combat air capability which will help safeguard the national security of our nation and our allies to the end of this century.

"By developing the portfolio of companies as part of Team Tempest, we will help contribute to the retention, growth and investment in a wider world-class UK skills base.

"These partnerships, with some of the brightest and best across the country, show that Tempest is becoming a truly national endeavour and we are delivering on our promise to take new approaches to drive significant pace and efficiency into the programme."

Team Tempest, which is also working with SMEs and UK universities, is aiming to deliver 17 European first and seven world firsts - the first of which has already been achieved in the shape of embedding of a starter generator.

Minister for Defence Procurement Jeremy Quin said: "I am pleased to see the collaboration agreements being signed between Team Tempest and the first phase of UK enterprises.

"It is important that we harness advancements in cross cutting capabilities such as augmented reality, advanced materials and advanced manufacturing."

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