Unite, the UK’s leading union, has welcomed the announcement today (Friday 9 December) of a landmark partnership agreement between the UK, Japanese and Italian governments to develop Tempest, the sixth generation fighter aircraft set to replace the Typhoon in 2035. 

Unite national officer Rhys McCarthy said: “This is an important international development and a key milestone in making sure the Tempest fighter aircraft project goes from concept to take off.

“The UK is one of a handful of countries with the sovereign capability of being able to build complex defence aircraft. This is a testament to our highly skilled members and it is imperative this capacity is maintained and nurtured. 

“The Tempest fighter aircraft will not only play a  key role in defending our nation but also will boost the UK economy by supporting tens of thousands of aerospace jobs across the UK at BAE Systems, Rolls Royce, Leonardo, MBDA and throughout these companies supply chains.”


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Unite is the UK and Ireland’s leading union fighting to protect and advance jobs, pay and conditions for members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Sharon Graham.