BAE Systems says Tempest staff numbers to rise to 2,500 next year

FILE PHOTO: Trade visitors walk past an advertisement for BAE Systems at Farnborough International Airshow in Farnborough, Britain, July 17, 2018. REUTERS/Toby Melville/File Photo

LONDON (Reuters) - British defence company BAE Systems BAES.L said that the number of people working on Tempest, the UK-led project to build a new fighter jet with Italy and Sweden, will rise to 2,500 by next year from more than 1,800 now.

BAE Systems, UK engine maker Rolls-Royce RR.L, European missile maker MBDA and Italy's Leonardo LDOF.MI are amongst the companies working to develop Tempest, meant eventually to replace the Eurofighter Typhoon from 2040.

The planned increase in Tempest staff was revealed by BAE CEO Charles Woodburn in the Telegraph newspaper and the article was published on BAE’s website on Monday.

Reporting by Sarah Young; editing by James Davey