According to BAE Systems, future combat superiority will be about exchanging huge data volumes at incredible speeds, which means that connectivity and ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance) capabilities should be at the forefront. This is why the UK and Japan have recently launched a sensor-development project called Jaguar.
Leonardo UK, an expert in air electronics, together with the Tempest partners from the Japanese industry, will design and build what claims to be a “world-leading” fighter jet sensor. The Jaguar is meant to detect lethal threats from air, land, and sea and to locate targets as fast and as accurately as possible. According to the UK government, this project will be officially launched in April and unfold over the next five years. Each country will build a separate demonstrator using shared expertise.
The two countries initiated a collaboration for the development of joint technologies in December 2021, as part of the UK’s strategy of expanding its connection with the Indo-Pacific region, for defense-related technologies.
The Jaguar cutting-edge sensor will become an essential component of the Tempest connected fighter jet system, expected to enter into service by 2035.
The UK and Japan have announced plans to work together on world-leading fighter jet sensor technology ????????????????— Team Tempest (@TeamTempestUK) February 15, 2022
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