It demonstrates how the technologies developed in the Factory create a step change in design and manufacturing capability to deliver Tempest, the UKs next generation combat aircraft in half the time of previous programmes.
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The multi-million pound factory has been used to rapidly trial and test new technologies in a flexible, adaptable and digitally enabled environment.  Systems move and adapt to meet the requirement, with room to evolve the design or change the product in the process.

A collaborative approach 

More than 50 suppliers have collaborated on the project, bringing unparalleled pace and new technologies in the process. From SMEs specialising in data management to university research centres, engineers have adopted a best athlete approach – bringing the right technologies and skills together from the defence sector and beyond in order to find new ways of meeting the challenges of producing military aircraft.   

Increased levels of accuracy in build, less waste and better exploitation of a digital environment also help support the Company’s commitment to deliver Net Zero across its operations by 2030.  

Space and beyond…

The techniques founded in the Factory have the potential to be used in other sectors, particularly those with complex and high precision needs such as the space sector. 
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Rapid Technology Demonstrator for Combat Aircraft Manufacturing

Designed and developed in a first-of-its-kind Factory, the representative fast jet Designed and developed in a first-of-its-kind Factory, the representative fast jet a digitally connected environment, developed in collaboration with more than 50 suppliers and partners.
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Intelligent Workstation

Revolutionising manufacturing and maintenance operations, developed and deployed in collaboration with Fairfield Control Systems.
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