3D Printing a Key Element of BAE Systems’ Plans for Its Role in Producing the Tempest Aircraft

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By Michael Larner | 3Q 2020 | IN-5888


30% of Components Will Be Produced with 3D Printers


The U.K. Government published its Combat Air Strategy in July 2018 with the ambition to develop a new combat air system to replace the Royal Air Force’s two combat aircrafts currently in service, the F-35 and the Typhoon, both of which will need to be replaced by 2040. Part of the Combat Air Strategy is the creation of a group of companies to develop a sixth-generation optionally-manned stealth fighter, the Tempest, and involves BAE Systems, MBDA, Lenardo, Rolls-Royce, and personnel from the Ministry of Defence.

BAE Systems is looking to utilize many different Industry 4.0 technologies at the company’s Factory of the Future, located at its aircraft manufacturing site in Warton, Lancashire where the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC), Digital Catapult, Miralis Data, MTT, Three, and IBM are working alongside BAE Systems on its contribution to producing the Tempest.

BAE has stated that 30% of components for the Tempest will be produced using 3D printers. The company has already witnessed the benefits of 3D printing, with the production time …

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