The UK Government’s Combat Air Strategy set the goal to realise the next generation combat air capability for the UK in a way which breaks the rising time and cost cycle of complex combat air programmes. In order to achieve this Team Tempest partners are leveraging new, innovative digital technologies – all designed to drive critical pace and efficiency across the programme.
Despite the speed of global technological advances over the last few decades, developing a new fast jet aircraft has traditionally still been a relatively lengthy and expensive process.
Now, thanks to schemes like the Data Science Accelerator between BAE Systems and the University of Manchester, this lengthy process will soon become much more agile.
There’s a massive amount of data captured from some of the incredibly complex systems used in fast jet flight. Working in partnership allows for both parties to share our experience and knowledge in exploring the data that's captured. The accelerator takes data and helps us formulate simulations and prototypes more quickly and cost effectively than we would using a siloed approach.” Andrew Gordon, Cluster Lead for AI and Digital, BAE Systems Air
The Data Science Accelerator elevates our collaboration with BAE Systems to another level. The projects under the Accelerator; from seminars, workshops and sprints, to PhD’s, not only provide snapshots of relevant research advances in Manchester but also offer opportunities for academics to extend their research to tackle the challenges faced by industry and in engineering applications of data analytics and AI techniques." Professor Hujun Yin, Academic lead for the accelerator, University of Manchester
Prominent projects of focus within the scheme could directly feed into the flagship UK-led Future Combat Air System (FCAS), Tempest.
Working in more dynamic and agile ways are essential if we’re to produce innovative, smart tech products that our customers want and need for the future. We believe collaborative working with world leading academics is fundamental to the advancement of aerospace technology going forward and I’m sure further collaborations as we progress will have benefits for everyone involved, including our customers down the line." Andrew, Cluster Lead for AI and Digital