UK Headquarters Confirmed: Fighter Jet Deal with Italy and Japan


UK (Parliament Politic Magazine) – Grant Shapps, the secretary of defense, signed the agreement in Tokyo to move on with the development of a next-generation stealth plane. The allies are moving on with a cooperative initiative to produce a stealth fighter plane, and the UK has signed an international pact with Italy and Japan.

PM Rishi Sunak says,

‘’As we move closer to delivering the new planes to our separate air forces in 2035, we continue to make extremely positive progress toward our goal of being a global leader in combat aircraft development.’’According to Defense Secretary Grant Shapps, the agreement calls for the Global Combat Air Programme (GCAP), a defense collaboration involving the three countries, to have its headquarters in the United Kingdom. The coordinated worldwide efforts to create military aircraft with advanced technology and supersonic capability were announced by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak a year ago.

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Historic Milestone: Signing Next-Gen Fighter Treaty in Tokyo

According to the Ministry of Defence (MoD), the treaty’s signing in Tokyo on Thursday signified a “critical stage” in the creation of the next-generation fighter aircraft. Alongside Italian Guido Crosetto and Japanese Defense Minister Minoru Kihara, Mr. Shapps signed the agreement in Japan.

The Defense Secretary declared: “We continue to make extremely positive progress toward delivering the new jets to our respective air forces in 2035. Our world-leading combat aircraft program aims to be crucial to global security. “We will also make critical decisions quickly and cooperatively from our UK-based headquarters, collaborating with our close allies Italy and Japan as well as our vital defense sectors to produce an exceptional aircraft.

According to the MoD, the completed Tempest will have a powerful radar that can deliver 10,000 times more data than existing systems. In the digital cockpit of the airplane, pilots will have access to virtual reality, where they may view critical information right in front of them.

According to Mr. Shapps’s department, the onboard weapons system would use machine learning and artificial intelligence to “maximize the effect” its armament can provide. The UK government has committed around £2 billion to the project until 2025; the money was made public in 2021 prior to the confirmation of the cooperation with the other two countries on GCAP. The contract was given to BAE Systems by the MoD in association with Rolls-Royce, MBDA UK, Leonardo UK, and industrial partners from Italy and Japan. The aircraft’s joint development is scheduled to begin in 2025.

The pact states that the joint GCAP government headquarters would be located in the UK and will initially be led by a Japanese chief executive. The MoD said that opening dates and locations for the government headquarters and an independent industry base, which will also be headquartered in the UK and run by an Italian, will be revealed in “due course.

“According to the government, the offices will help with UK jobs and promote tight collaboration with Italian and Japanese coworkers. On these basics, both countries should work hard to build an unbreakable bond. According to MoD officials, the government headquarters will provide military capabilities, bolster each nation’s combat air industrial capability, and attain value for money, while the industry counterpart will be in charge of program support and delivery.

Giorgia Meloni, the prime minister of Italy, and Prime Minister Rishi Sunak have grown close politically (Paul Ellis/PA). The pact the partners signed on Thursday will now be forwarded to the ratification of the three national parliaments. In terms of foreign policy, Britain is undergoing a “tilt” towards the Indo-Pacific; the Tempest program and its alliance with Japan are mentioned as examples of this movement, which acknowledges China’s increasing power in the area. 

Since moving into Downing Street last year, Mr. Sunak has also cultivated a tight political connection with Giorgia Meloni, the premier of Italy. Both of them have adopted a firm stance against asylum seekers who enter Europe through unapproved ways. The Financial Times reports that Mr. Sunak may attend a political event on Saturday in Rome, which is being hosted by the right-wing Brothers of Italy party, which Ms. Meloni leads. It is a great chance to build a healthy relationship under these agreements.

Beth Malcolm

Beth Malcolm is Scottish based Journalist at Heriot-Watt University studying French and British Sign Language. She is originally from the north west of England but is living in Edinburgh to complete her studies.