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Tempest and the
Future of Combat Air

Future economic prosperity and freedom of choice

Tempest at sunset
Our commitment to highly skilled jobs, investment and innovation.
With an annual turnover of more than £6.5bn, the sector is responsible for more than 80% of defence exports sustaining more than 18,000 highly skilled jobs, as well as a further 28,000 jobs in the supply chain across 2,000 companies.
The export success of the Hawk jet trainer aircraft is a good example. More than 1,000 aircraft have been built or are on order. The UK Government’s initial investment was £900 million and by 2013 Hawk aircraft exports had generated a return of £11.5 billion. Furthermore, the UK’s £15.2 billion investment as one of the four partner nations in the Eurofighter Typhoon programme is expected to generate £28.2 billion, and that’s before you add in our recent order from Qatar and consider the number of active campaigns underway.

The UK’s Combat Air Strategy provides a clear direction for the UK’s future requirements which helps to maintain and stimulate the research and development investment necessary to sustain, strengthen and grow this sector.
It set an ambitious vision for the future, providing a path for how this investment can ensure the UK remains a global leader and the combat air sector continues to support economic prosperity in the UK.
The link between military advantage and economic prosperity cannot be overestimated.
In order to maintain operational advantage and freedom of action, we need to generate our own intellectual property and develop our people and their skills - thereby securing our national prosperity and the UK’s position as a defence exporter.
The Combat Air Strategy highlights the criticality of cutting-edge UK technologies and intellectual property, including how this is generated, sustained and exploited. 
The freedom to choose how we deliver our future requirements is dependent on maintaining access to a dynamic and innovative UK industrial base. The ability to design and build combat aircraft in the UK makes a major contribution to our industrial base, providing a highly skilled and productive workforce, which generates significant exports for the country.
BAE Systems’ Air business in the UK is a major contributor to our nation’s economy. Our people are concentrated in highly-skilled roles, with 70% employed in engineering or engineering-related positions.  In 2016 this part of our business supported a £3.2 billion contribution to UK GDP and we estimate that it sustains around 50,000 full time equivalent jobs in the UK. In the same year, our UK Air business also exported £1.3 billion worth of goods and services.
From 2012 to 2016 we invested £4.4 billion of our own funds and our customer’s funds in R&D in the UK.  We have partnered with government, academia and SMEs to develop next generation technologies. The Combat Air strategy confirms the UK’s long-term national intent and allows us to respond and invest accordingly. 

Tempest and the Future of Combat Air

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