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Britain Pledges to Fly Tempest Fighter Design Within Five Years

A model demonstrating the sensors on a Tempest fighter jet.
A model demonstrating the sensors on a Tempest fighter jet.Photographer: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

Britain pledged to build and fly a prototype of the proposed Tempest warplane in the next five years as it steps up efforts to bring a new European jet fighter into service by 2035.

The so-called combat air demonstrator will play a critical role in testing the technology and design for the Tempest, with work to be led by BAE Systems Plc in tandem with the UK Ministry of Defence, according to a statement Monday.