In a surprising twist, Saudi Arabia has expressed keen interest in becoming a part of the Global Combat Air Program (GCAP), a multinational initiative aimed at developing cutting-edge sixth-generation combat aircraft by 2035.

A Strategic Shift: Saudi Arabia Eyes Global Combat Air Program

Initially comprising the United Kingdom, Italy, and Japan, the program now grapples with a dilemma as Saudi Arabia expresses its desire to become a participant. The kingdom’s request has ignited debates, raised concerns, and exposed divisions among the existing partners.

Officially known as the GCAP, this ambitious project is expected to result in a state-of-the-art exportable fighter jet – also known as Tempest –that could accordingly reshape the dynamics of modern warfare. The program, which has been in the works for several years, has garnered significant attention due to its potential to revolutionize the defense capabilities of the participating nations and their allies.