UK and Japan Collaborate to Develop RF Sensor Technology for Fighter Jets

UK and Japan Collaborate to Develop RF Sensor Technology for Fighter Jets

The UK and Japan have signed a Letter of Arrangement (LOA) to jointly conduct cooperative research on a world-leading fighter jet sensor. The universal RF sensor technology, known as “JAGUAR”, could enable the Armed Forces to better detect future threats from air, land, and sea, quickly and accurately locating targets and denying surveillance technology operated by our adversaries.

With joint work on the project scheduled to start in April, JAGUAR is expected to create 75 jobs across the UK, including 40 highly skilled engineering jobs at Leonardo’s Edinburgh site.

Minister for Defence Procurement, Jeremy Quin said "We are proud to work ever closer with our partners in Japan to ensure both our Armed Forces remain at the forefront of military innovation. This crucial relationship will see us acquire truly advanced technology to protect our nations for decades to come whilst creating significant investment and highly-skilled jobs in the UK and Japan. Designing, building, and evaluating the JAGUAR system will take around five years, involving input from Leonardo UK and the Japanese industry. Two demonstrators will be built within the project, one in each country, with the work and learning, shared to maximize national expertise."

Chair and CEO Leonardo UK, Norman Bone said "As the UK’s combat air electronics champion and a founding member of Tempest, we’re keen to work with our international allies where their industry has similarly advanced capabilities, bringing together the best of both partners. Japan has a strong and growing combat air industry which is a natural fit for Leonardo. Under JAGUAR, our highly-skilled scientists and engineers based across the UK will work with their Japanese counterparts to advance technology that will benefit both of our nation’s future combat air endeavors."

This cooperative research comes after the UK and Japan signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) in December last year, enabling both nations to pursue joint technologies. In December, the two countries also announced an intention to develop a future fighter jet engine demonstrator as part of their partnership.

The international partnership remains at the heart of the UK’s approach to combat air, as set out in the Combat Air Strategy published in 2018. During the next four years, the UK is investing more than £2 billion into its major national and international endeavor to design a world-leading Future Combat Air System. The work with Japan is taking place alongside the UK’s growing partnership with European nations.

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