August 06, 2021
from Alessandra Giovanzanti
Italy plans to invest EUR 2 billion (US $ 2.4 billion) in the Tempest program according to the plans published in the country’s latest multiannual planning document (Documento Programmatico Pluriennale: DPP) for 2021-23.
The DPP, published on August 5, announced that the Italian Ministry of Defense (MoD) plans to program EUR 60 million between 2021 and 2023, EUR 90 million between 2024 and 2026 and EUR 1.85 billion between 2027 and 2035. Specifically, EUR 6 billion is earmarked for research and development, while acquisition and funding funds have not yet been fully determined.
The DPP is the first formal funding commitment since Italy signed the Tempest project in September 2019.
The Italian Ministry of Defense announced in its multiannual planning document 2021-23 that it plans to invest EUR 2 billion (USD 2.4 billion) in the Tempest program by 2035. (BAE Systems)
Tempest is listed among the seven “flagship” programs considered strategically important for the defense sector as it offers increasing opportunities for international collaboration, high technological value and strong returns for domestic industries. Under the program, the MoD is supported by the Ministry of Economy and Finance, the Ministry of Economic Development, the Ministry of University and Research and the Ministry of Digital Innovation.
As mentioned in the DPP, the Tempest is intended as a manned / optionally manned fighter that can operate in highly competitive and degraded environments and will be part of a broader, networked System-of-Systems (SoS) – the Future Combat Air System (FCAS) ) – which will include unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), weapon and sensor systems, and other current and future aviation equipment and technologies.
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