The companies that manufacture the sixth-generation Tempest fighter aircraft in Britain have revealed some technological concepts to be included in the future fighter, including a radar system designed to handle the largest possible amount of data per second, equivalent to the volume of data that It is traded by an entire city on the Internet, according to the New Atlas website.
The Tempest, which is being developed for the British RAF, is scheduled to be one of the first sixth-generation fighters. The Tempest is designed to complement current attack fighters such as the F-35 Lightning II and the Typhoon, and will enter service in the mid-2030s to replace older combat fighters, which will be retired in the 1940s.
In addition to being a stealth fighter, Tempest is being manufactured with capabilities that allow to carry hypersonic missiles with the advantage of controlling drone swarms, as well as generating large amounts of electrical energy to power advanced laser weapons.
Change the missions of a fighter pilot
In light of the impetus from artificial intelligence programs, which have been prepared to operate the “Tempest” fighter and the ultra-fortification of its Internet communications, the role of the pilot will be more an executive officer than a fighter pilot, while the highly developed twin-engine fighter will be a flying center for command, control and offensive operations. .
The development and manufacture of the fighter, belonging to the next era, is taking place in the framework of a partnership that includes major giants such as BAE Systems, Leonardo, MBDA, Rolls-Royce and the British Royal Air Force, as well as hundreds of high-tech companies and other academic institutions.
Radar 10 thousand times more powerful
The new radar system, developed by the British company Leonardo, is described as a multi-functional radio frequency system, which Leonardo says can process data with capabilities that exceed 10,000 times the current systems, and can process the largest amount of data per second equivalent to the size of Complete internet traffic for a city the size of Scottish Edinburgh. A number of its subsystems have already been built and are expected to be airborne tests within a few years.
BAE Systems revealed that most of the controls are done through virtual and augmented reality screens inside the pilot’s helmet. She added that when the cockpit is fully developed, it will also include a virtual assistant that appears as an avatar to interact with the pilot while flying and carrying out missions.
Meanwhile, engine giant Rolls-Royce is developing a new combustion system for the jet engine that will be installed for the “Tempest” fighters, with the aim of increasing its efficiency and reducing CO2 emissions.
Rolls-Royce is also exploring the use of 3D-printed parts and spare parts and advanced composite materials, which will make the engine lighter, denser, and able to operate with equal efficiency and strength at higher temperatures.