BY ROY ALBERT ANDRADE, K1LLER, Inc.
WASHINGTON, D.C - Aerion Corporation, an American aircraft manufacturer based in Reno, Nevada, and Lockheed Martin, an American global aerospace, defense, security and advanced technologies, have announced a Memorandum of Understanding. It explains all phases of the program, including engineering, certification and production of the Aerion AS2, the world's first supersonic business jet.
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."
Lockheed Martin is recognized for producing the world's leading supersonic combat aircraft, the F-16, the F-22, F-35, and the Mach 3+ SR-71 reconnaissance aircraft. "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," said Orlando Carvalho, Executive Vice President, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics.
"Following our initial review of Aerion's aerodynamic technology, our conclusion is that the Aerion AS2 concept warrants the further investment of our time and resources," said Carvalho. "We are committed to remaining on the cutting edge of aerospace technology and are excited to examine the contribution we might make to working with Aerion on making aviation history."
Shawn W. Anderson