Rishi Moonak will announce a collaboration with the UK, Italy, and Japan to create a new fighter jet using artificial intelligence.
Prime Minister says that the joint venture will create thousands of jobs in the UK and strengthen security ties.
The nations will create a new generation fighter, which is expected to enter service in mid-2030s. It will eventually replace Typhoon jet.
The new Tempest jet is expected to carry the most recent weapons.
It is being developed already. The goal is to develop a combat plane that can provide speed stealth and use advanced sensors to aid the pilots when they are stressed or overwhelmed.
If necessary, it could fly without pilot input and be capable of firing hypersonic missiles.
However, building such complex aircrafts is very expensive. The Pentagon’s F35 program was the most costly ever. Britain therefore has been seeking partners.
Italy was already included, and Japan’s addition is significant – as Britain builds closer ties with its allies in the Indo-Pacific region concerned about China becoming more assertive.
The programme could be expanded to include other countries. France, Germany, and Spain have already started to work together on their own design – just like the United States.
This agreement is not only about security, but also economics for the UK. It is hoped that the development of a new fighter plane could lead to thousands of jobs in the UK and allow for more arms exports.
During a Friday visit to RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire Mr Sunak will unveil the first major phase.
He stated that the security of the United Kingdom will be of paramount importance to the government ahead of the visit.
“That is why we must stay on the cutting-edge in defense technology advancements – outpacing those who want to cause us harm.
“The international partnership that we announced today with Japan and Italy aims to achieve that goal, underlining the fact that security in the Euro-Atlantic as well as Indo-Pacific regions is indivisible.
“The next generation of combat aircraft that we design will protect us, our allies and the world. It harnesses the strength of the world-beating defense industry. This creates jobs and saves lives.
John Healey (Labour’s shadow defense secretary) said that his party supported the partnership, but warned about the training.
He said, “Ministers should make it clear how this fits into wider plans for the RAF’s future, including how they will avoid delays in fast-jet pilot instruction.”