July 16, 2018 / 10:46 AM / a month ago

UK to invest 2 bln stg in new fighter programme through 2025

FARNBOROUGH, England, July 16 (Reuters) - Britain will invest 2 billion pounds ($2.7 billion) to 2025 to develop a fighter jet called Tempest that could be used with pilots or as a drone, its defence minister said on Monday, unveiling a life-sized model of the new stealthy warplane.

Gavin Williamson said the programme was aimed at ensuring Britain's continued leadership in fighter technology and control of air space in future wars.

He said Britain, excluded for now from a Franco-German fighter programme launched in July 2017, remained open to partnering with other countries on the project, with an eye to seeing the new jet flying by 2035.

$1 = 0.7540 pounds Reporting by Andrea Shalal; Editing by Mark Potter

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