Aerion and Lockheed Martin team up on world’s first supersonic business jet

Aerion and Lockheed Martin team up on world’s first supersonic business jet

Aerion and Lockheed Martin have announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to explore the feasibility of a joint development of the world’s first supersonic business jet, the Aerion AS2.

Aerion and Lockheed Martin team up on world’s first supersonic business jet

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.

Supersonic renaissance

Aerion Chairman Robert M. Bass commented: “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.”

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.”

Supersonic flight: Getting there

Earlier this year, we interviewed Dr. Richard Tracy, senior vice president & chief technology officer, Aerion, about the challenges of making supersonic air travel a reality, and when we are going to get there.

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