The Lightweight Affordable Novel Combat Aircraft (LANCA) concept looks to offer increased capability, protection, survivability and information when deployed alongside combat aircraft. It could even provide an uncrewed combat air ‘fleet’ in the future.
The innovative concept also aims to deliver dramatic reductions in traditional cost and development timelines for combat air systems.
Next Generation Flight Control System
Flexible, software-driven systems which enable easy and rapid changes in capability to suit the needs of any operator.
Balanced Survivability Design
The design will allow the aircraft to get a picture of the battlefield while staying hidden from threats and carrying a significant payload.
ADAPTABLE PHYSICAL ARCHITECTURE
Adapts to a wide range of operations, with changeable software and hardware such as weapons, sensors, and fuel tanks.
The aircraft has various modes of operation, including manned and optionally-manned.
Reconfigurable Communications Systems
Complete oversight across the battlespace with secure and seamless communication via a connected network across air sea, land, and space. A critical advantage.
Haptics in the virtual cockpit gives the pilot the sensation of touch in an AR and VR environment.
Gesture control and eye-tracking measure the pilot’s workload and identify fatigue and mental stress.
A cockpit without a single physical dial or screen. AR and VR interactive cockpit displays, and controls are displayed in front of the pilot’s eyes.
EFFICIENT POWER SYSTEM
A more efficient power system, delivering greater range and endurance through a higher thrust-to-weight ratio.
Delivering more electrical power than ever before and intelligently distributing it to multiple high-technology systems throughout the aircraft.
Efficiently cools the air system to minimise the aircraft’s thermal signature.
Designed to aerodynamically match the aircraft and optimise overall performance, range, and payload capability.
Allows Tempest to engage with a range of non-kinetic effectors such as EW (Electronic Warfare) jamming and directed energy weapons.
Fast, secure and resilient communications via a combat cloud.
Advanced Integrated Sensors
Integrated sensors ensure the right information is seen at the right time to make faster decisions than the adversary.
Open systems architecture for a range of sensors, effectors and missions systems capabilities across tactical packages.
Weapons in a flexible payload bay holding Air-to-Air and Air-to-Surface weapons. Other capabilities include electronic attack and multi-role sensor options.
Provides mission commanders and manned aircraft with more tactical options in integrated operations with other fighter aircraft, like the Tempest and Lightning F-35 aircraft.
Increased Combat Mass
Affordable utility with increased combat mass and force resilience for a range of missions and enables rapid force development through-life.
Model-based systems engineering throughout the design, production and in-service life-cycle. Flexible operational and through-life support approaches.
Allows Tempest to engage with a range of non-kinetic effectors such as directed energy weapons and EW (Electronic Warfare) jamming. These are highly integrated with Tempest’s sensors.
Flexible Payload Bay
Flexible payload bays allow the aircraft to facilitate an improved weapon load out whilst retaining low observability at supersonic speeds.
Next Generation Weapons
The weapons of the future could include directed energy, hypersonic missiles and swarming technology assisted by Artificial Intelligence and machine learning.
Novel technologies provide a defensive aid system capable of tracking, targeting, and intercepting incoming missiles.
Factory of the Future
The ‘Factory of the Future’ facility is already showcasing advanced manufacturing capabilities of augmented reality, additive manufacturing, and collaborative robots.
Precision technology monitoring feedback to make small adjustments when needed.
Automated Support Options
Maintenance and support technologies fully deployable to operation locations.