Future Horizons: The Tempest Podcast
Episode 6 - An international endeavour

Episode 6 - An international endeavour

August 19, 2021

In this final episode of series 1 of Future Horizons: The Tempest Podcast, we learn about Tempest’s exciting steps on to the international stage for the next phase of the programme’s development and discuss why diversity will be so important to the future transformation of the programme.

Part 1 - What's next for Tempest?

The Ministry of Defence has signed a £250 million contract with British industry Team Tempest partners for the next phase of development for this major national and international endeavour.

In the first segment of the final episode of the podcast, we discuss the ongoing commitment for the programme in the UK, as well as the collaboration between the programme’s international partners.

Host Zevi Watmough speaks to Mark Hamilton, Managing Director Electronics UK, Leonardo, Air Commodore Jonny Moreton, UK Programme Director, Future Combat Air System, UK MoD and Trevor Taylor, Professorial Research Fellow in Defence Management, at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI). 

Part 2 - Transforming working cultures  (starting at 22:46

Transformation underpins the Tempest programme – challenging ways of working, approaches to collaboration and driving innovation across the aerospace industry.

People with very different thought processes, perspectives and backgrounds need to come together to innovate. Today’s Generation Tempest will become tomorrow’s workforce and they will have an expectation that they will work in an environment that welcomes difference, diversity and creativity.

How can they feel empowered to embark on those sensitive yet vital conversations that will break down barriers and lead to the type of close collaboration that will be so central to Britain’s future prosperity?

Host Zevi Watmough explores the answers to those questions with Chi Felly-Njoku, Graduate Electrical Engineer at Arup and University Events Lead at AFBE-UK, and Dr Mark McBride-Wright, Founder & Managing Director, Equal Engineers.

Find out more about Team Tempest

Follow us on Twitter for the latest news on Team Tempest

Learn more about the opportunities for #GenerationTempest on Instagram

Catch up our story so far on YouTube

Episode 5 - A catalyst for change

Episode 5 - A catalyst for change

July 15, 2021

The fifth episode of Future Horizons explores women’s contribution to defence and the important role women are playing on the Tempest programme, as well as the ways in which the engineers working on Tempest are exploring new avenues of green tech innovation.

Women in the War with Lucy Fisher

Last month we celebrated women working across the Tempest programme, as part of International Women in Engineering Day. The contribution of women in defence and the transformation of women’s roles during World War II are explored in a new book ’Women in the War’.  

We speak to award-winning journalist Lucy Fisher, deputy political editor of The Daily Telegraph and previously defence editor of The Times, who has written a vivid exploration of how the Second World War changed the lives of a group of ten remarkable women, captured in her new book ‘Women in the War’. In their own words, the surviving women of the Second World War spoke directly to Lucy about how they managed to innovate and use their intellectual and emotional resources to turn around what must have felt like insurmountable situations. Lucy also shares her thoughts on the role women are playing in today’s Tempest programme.

Tempest – the home of green tech (starts at 14:00)

The Tempest programme has the potential to blaze a trail in sustainable aerospace innovation, due to the tight-knit collaboration of its partners BAE Systems, Rolls Royce, Leonardo and MBDA. We speak to Matt Wong Integrated Project Team Lead for Power and Thermal Management Systems at Rolls Royce, Hannah Falberg, Transformation Programme Manager at Rolls Royce and Steve Hopkins, Head of Operational Capability, BAE Systems, who share their experiences 

 

Find out more about Team Tempest

Follow us on Twitter for the latest news on Team Tempest

Learn more about the opportunities for #GenerationTempest on Instagram

Catch up on the Team Tempest story so far on YouTube

Episode 4 - Putting prosperity in the Pilot’s seat

Episode 4 - Putting prosperity in the Pilot’s seat

June 3, 2021

Listen to episode four of Future Horizons, where in part one, we explore the findings of a new report which analyses Tempest’s projected impact on the UK aerospace industry and the wider UK economy. In part two, listeners are given VIP access to an exclusive tour of the Tempest cockpit, to get a pilot’s view of the future of flight.

Part 1 - PWC Report – Powering future economies

After an independent evaluation, analysts at PriceWaterhouseCoopers have issued a report on their estimation of the Tempest programme's value to the UK aerospace industry and the potential investment in highly skilled jobs across all regions of the country. Innovation on the Tempest programme is laying the foundations of aerospace technology for those who will follow far into the future.

It is realistic to state that the work being carried out right now, will have an impact on aerospace innovation for the next 100 years. So what are the most striking features of the report and what can we learn from its findings?

Here to share their views are Jonathan Hawkings, Director of Policy, ADS, Andrew Kinniburgh, Director General, Make UK Defence and Neil Ross, Head of Policy, techUK.

Part 2 - The Pilot’s view – Powering future flight (starting at 30:53)

The podcast begins with Suzy Broadbent, Human Factors Manager, BAE Systems giving listeners a VIP tour of the Tempest cockpit to give them the pilot’s view of the technology.

Suzy then joins a wider discussion with Emma Ulmann, Principal Engineer, MBDA and Jonathan Smith, Head of Capability, Major Air Programmes, Leonardo, to help us understand how this remarkable technology is going to help the pilot think and act in ways that have never been possible before.

Find out more about Team Tempest

Follow us on Twitter for the latest news on Team Tempest

Learn more about the opportunities for #GenerationTempest on Instagram

Catch up our story so far on YouTube

Episode 3 – More than meets the eye

Episode 3 – More than meets the eye

May 7, 2021

In this third episode of the six-part series, we look beyond the core Tempest partners to shine a spotlight on how the project is becoming a true national endeavor. We meet some of the many high-tech companies and academic minds supporting Team Tempest and discuss how their innovation and ideas are helping transform the way we are developing technology to realise the benefits of Tempest both for and far beyond the military air sector.

Part 1 - Breaking the technology barrier

So, what are these projects and why are they breaking into brand new territory for UK industry?

We meet some of the key players from within the supply chain and academia who are supporting Team Tempest today and ask them to describe how they are forging new paths of technology to propel the programme further into the future.

Host Zevi Watmough is joined by  Dr Darrell Jaya-Ratnam, Managing Director of DIEManalytics, Professor Simon Maskell, Professor of Autonomous Systems in Electrical Engineering and Electronics at Liverpool University and Craig Turnbull, Director of Electroimpact.

Part 2 - Tempest radar: a new age of system integration (starting at 34:30)

In part 2 of the podcast, we take you into the fascinating world of Tempest radar technology which is so advanced, it can process a city’s worth of data in a second.

We’re joined by Alex Robinson, Chief Engineer at Leonardo and Sam Farrow, Principal Design Engineer at MBDA. Alex and Sam have been collaborating on some of the most cutting edge radar innovation and system integration in the world, so they’re going to break down the technology for us, to explain how they’re building innovation from the inside out.

 

Find out more about Team Tempest

Follow us on Twitter for the latest news on Team Tempest

Learn more about the opportunities for #GenerationTempest on Instagram

Catch up our story so far on YouTube

Episode 2 – A commitment to securing the information advantage

Episode 2 – A commitment to securing the information advantage

April 8, 2021

In this second episode of the six-part series, we discuss the implications of the UK Government's Integrated Review for Tempest and the aerospace industry, and speak with industry experts on the concept of ‘Information Advantage’, where having better information provides an edge in combat.

Part 1 – The impact of the UK Government’s Integrated Review and the UK MOD’s Defence Command Paper
With the title ‘Global Britain in a Competitive Age’, the Integrated Review has been described as the most radical assessment of the UK’s place in the world since the end of the Cold War and reveals a seismic shift in emphasis towards science and technology.

We discuss the implications of these publications for Tempest and the wider aerospace industry.

Host Zevi Watmough is joined by Richard Berthon OBE, Director Future Combat Air at the Ministry of Defence; Tim Ripley, freelance journalist and a prolific author on military and defence subjects; and Phil Townley, Director Future Programmes, Rolls Royce Defence.

Part 2 – Claiming the Informational Advantage in an Information Age (starting at 33:50)
In an information age, where the development of the human-machine interface is gathering pace like never before, having a sound command of data and information is vital to a pilot’s decision-making process.

The digital race is on to acquire and process more and more information at lightning speed. With daily advances in digital technology, how do we take the right action to ensure the UK armed forces maintain an informational advantage? 

We speak to Steve Formoso, Chief Test Pilot at BAE Systems and Lukas Chamberlain, Tempest Project Chief Engineer at Leonardo.

 

Find out more about Team Tempest

Follow us on Twitter for the latest news on Team Tempest

Learn more about the opportunities for #GenerationTempest on Instagram

Catch up our story so far on YouTube

Episode 1 – The Story So Far

Episode 1 – The Story So Far

April 7, 2021

In our first episode of this exciting six-part series, we provide an insight into Team Tempest UK - comprising the Royal Air Force Rapid Capability Office, BAE Systems, Leonardo, Rolls Royce and MBDA - who together are develop the technologies, knowledge, skills and expertise needed to deliver a Next Generation Combat Air System capable of operating in the 2040+ environment. 

Part 1 – Tempest: A technological driver for future security and prosperity
We begin the series by taking a look back on what has been achieved so far on the Tempest programme, reviewing its journey to date including a year of unprecedented challenges, followed by a wider exploration of its future direction and its technological and economic value to the UK aerospace industry and the nation’s future prosperity. 

Host Zevi Watmough is joined by Michael Christie, Director, Future Combat Air Systems at BAE Systems, Andrew Howard, Director Major Air Programmes at Leonardo and Defence Journalist, Analyst and Historian, Francis Tusa.

 

Part 2 – Nurturing Generation Tempest (starting at 30:10
Tempest is a once in a generation opportunity to shape one of the UK’s most exciting engineering programmes.
We asked STEM Ambassadors drawn from Team Tempest to share their thoughts on how we can best nurture Generation Tempest, to awaken their potential as engineers. 

We speak to Christian Chew, BAE Systems Engineering Degree Apprentice, Sophie Qaisar, Leonardo Systems Team Leader, Rafael Bosque, Rolls-Royce Design Engineer and Aditi Vyakarnam, MBDA, Principal Systems Engineer.