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World’s first Supersonic business jet

World’s first Supersonic business jet

December 19, 2017

Lockheed Martin and Aerion Supersonic business jet

Lockheed Martin and Aerion just announced a partnership to develop the world’s first supersonic business jet.

Two leaders in supersonic technology, Aerion and Lockheed Martin announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to define a formal and gated process to explore the feasibility of a joint development of the world’s first supersonic business jet, the Aerion AS2.



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Over the next 12 months, the companies will work together to develop a framework on all phases of the program, including engineering, certification and production.

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AS2 design advances with new engine configuration. Previously, three engines were grouped in the rear. The refined configuration still incorporates 3 engines, however the two outboard engines are now pulled forward, under the wing, while the 3rd remains in the tail. This configuration with 18,000-pound thrust turbofan engines, improves weight, balance, systems layout, maintainability, and simplifies some certification requirements.

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Aerion Chairman Robert M. Bass stated:



“This relationship is absolutely key to creating a supersonic renaissance. When it comes to supersonic know-how, Lockheed Martin’s capabilities are well known, and, in fact, legendary. We share with Lockheed Martin a commitment to the long-term development of efficient civil supersonic aircraft.”

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Orlando Carvalho, Executive Vice President, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, said:

“We are excited to work with Aerion on their development of the next-generation, efficient supersonic jet that will potentially serve as a platform for pioneering future supersonic aircraft.”

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source Lockheed Martin

 

By | 2017-12-19T11:10:33+00:00 Dec 19, 2017|Categories: Aviation|Tags: , |

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