We have seen the future of fighter jets, and it includes the BAE Systems / Rolls-Royce Tempest. This aircraft will be able to fly unmanned, and use swarming technology to control drones. That’s not all, built-in artificial intelligence deep learning technologies will also help control directed-energy weapons, while Cooperative Engagement Capability gives it the ability to cooperate on the battlefield.
The CEC allows it to share sensor data and messages to coordinate attacks or for defense. The Tempest boasts an adaptive cycle engine and a virtual cockpit shown on a pilot’s helmet-mounted display and a generator that delivers “unprecedented levels” of electrical power.
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The electrical embedded starter-generator will save space and provide the large amount of electrical power required by future fighters. Existing aircraft engines generate power through a gearbox underneath the engine, which drives a generator. In addition to adding moving parts and complexity, the space required outside the engine for the gearbox and generator makes the airframe larger, which is undesirable in a stealthy platform,” said Conrad Banks, Chief Engineer for Future Programmes at Rolls-Royce.