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RAF looks to Typhoon-Lightning-Tempest Force in 2030s

Senior UK Royal Air Force (RAF) officers are envisaging operating a mixed fleet of Eurofighter Typhoon, Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning, and BAE Systems Tempest combat aircraft during the 2030s.
With the Tempest concept first revealed at the Farnborough Airshow in July, the RAF says that the type could join the Typhoon and Lightning in operational service in the 2030s
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The ideas are surfacing as part of work to finalise the UK’s Combat Air Strategy business case by the end of the year, according to senior RAF officers involved in the work.
A senior RAF officer told Jane’s that the service “hoped to get the first Tempest aircraft into service in the early 2030s to begin replacing the first Tranche 1 Typhoons when they near the end of their 25-year service life”.
janes.com