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Future Combat Air System

Question for Ministry of Defence

UIN 41728, tabled on 3 September 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the initial operating capability is of the Tempest in RAF service.

Answered on

13 September 2021

A core aircraft is set to play a crucial role in our concept of a Future Combat Air System, but this will likely be just one element in a network of capabilities supporting uncrewed aircraft that are expected to replace the United Kingdom's Typhoon aircraft air to air combat capability from the mid 2030s.