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.

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Next Generation Flight Control System

Flexible, software-driven systems which enable easy and rapid changes in capability to suit the needs of any operator.

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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.

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ADAPTABLE PHYSICAL ARCHITECTURE

Adapts to a wide range of operations, with changeable software and hardware such as weapons, sensors, and fuel tanks.

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Scalable Autonomy

The aircraft has various modes of operation, including manned and optionally-manned.

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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.

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Haptics

Haptics in the virtual cockpit gives the pilot the sensation of touch in an AR and VR environment.

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Pilot Care

Gesture control and eye-tracking measure the pilot’s workload and identify fatigue and mental stress.

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Virtual Cockpit

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.

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EFFICIENT POWER SYSTEM

A more efficient power system, delivering greater range and endurance through a higher thrust-to-weight ratio.

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ELECTRICAL POWER

Delivering more electrical power than ever before and intelligently distributing it to multiple high-technology systems throughout the aircraft.

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Thermal Management

Efficiently cools the air system to minimise the aircraft’s thermal signature.

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Propulsion

Designed to aerodynamically match the aircraft and optimise overall performance, range, and payload capability.

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Integrated Effects

Allows Tempest to engage with a range of non-kinetic effectors such as EW (Electronic Warfare) jamming and directed energy weapons.

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Integrated Communications

Fast, secure and resilient communications via a combat cloud.

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Advanced Integrated Sensors

Integrated sensors ensure the right information is seen at the right time to make faster decisions than the adversary.

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Distributed System

Open systems architecture for a range of sensors, effectors and missions systems capabilities across tactical packages.

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Effects Delivery

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.

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Systems Teaming

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.

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Increased Combat Mass

Affordable utility with increased combat mass and force resilience for a range of missions and enables rapid force development through-life.

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Production

Model-based systems engineering throughout the design, production and in-service life-cycle. Flexible operational and through-life support approaches.

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NON-KINETIC EFFECTS

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.

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Flexible Payload Bay

Flexible payload bays allow the aircraft to facilitate an improved weapon load out whilst retaining low observability at supersonic speeds.

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Next Generation Weapons

The weapons of the future could include directed energy, hypersonic missiles and swarming technology assisted by Artificial Intelligence and machine learning.

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Protect

Novel technologies provide a defensive aid system capable of tracking, targeting, and intercepting incoming missiles.

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Factory of the Future

The ‘Factory of the Future’ facility is already showcasing advanced manufacturing capabilities of augmented reality, additive manufacturing, and collaborative robots.

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Industrial Robots

Precision technology monitoring feedback to make small adjustments when needed.

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Automated Support Options

Maintenance and support technologies fully deployable to operation locations.

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