A British company will sign a contract to design and develop a replacement for the Red Arrows aircraft.
Suffolk-based Aeralis was awarded £ 200,000 by the RAF to develop a new aircraft that could transform a basic trainer into an aggressive fighter by exchanging engines and wings earlier this year. ..
However, jet developers are ready to win a contract to replace the fully aerobatic Hawk T1 plane, which first served the Royal Air Force in 1974 amid concerns about aircraft safety.
The two-seat trainer, which has been used as both an advanced flight trainer and a weapons trainer, was expected to continue to be used until 2030 for the RAF aerobatic team Red Arrows.
However, concerns about the safety of the aircraft used in about 5,000 public exhibits around the world have forced senior staff to proceed with the replacement of the aircraft.
Suffolk-based Aeralis will sign a contract to design and develop a fully aerobatic Hawk T1 airplane.
Jet developers will win a contract to replace the two-seater trainer, which has been used as both an advanced flight trainer and a weapons trainer.
The British company is understood to create nine planes and three operational spares for Red Arrows.
RAF sources Daily Express:’Red Arrows is promoting British industry and planes need to be manufactured in the UK. Aeralis designs, develops, and offers alternatives to the Hawk T1.
“Although the order dates are officially conservative, there is a keen awareness that the decision must be made immediately, given that it will take at least five years for the plane to be operational.
“The announcement is pending and will take place before Christmas.”
Only months after Aeralis was given £ 200,000 by the RAF, a “modular” two-seater aircraft will be developed that will be offered in one of three variations, depending on requirements.
The variation has the same fuselage, but can be transformed by installing different engines and wings-allowing the RAF to operate on fewer aircraft in its fleet.
The basic version of the aircraft is used as a trainer for combat exercises, but its modular design allows it to adapt to changing circumstances.
Aeralis expects changes between versions to take place within a normal 24-48 hour maintenance cycle, with the first version ready in about three years.
At the time, Aeralis CEO Tristan Crawford said that all the components used to build the new modular aircraft were from a British company.
In February, the Royal Air Force assisted a British company in developing a new aircraft that could transform a basic trainer into an aggressive fighter by exchanging engines and wings.
The fuselage of the variant is the same, but can be transformed by installing different engines and wings
This year, Aeralis said the flexible design of the new aircraft could reduce the number of aircraft available to the RAF training team.
“For example, you can equip different wings and different engines to make it a basic trainer, which slows down and makes it easier to fly, much like a family car. “It will be,” said the aircraft designer. Times..
“Innovative design” allows for many future configurations that go beyond the three “core” ideas currently under development.
Future versions of the aircraft may include a “fuel tanker”. This is a flying gas station that can be used to refuel a swarm of small drones.
The company also said it could create a much longer winged version that could be used for surveillance missions, or an unmanned version that could be used as an attack drone.
“The last time Britain developed its own manned military aircraft in Britain was with Hawk in 1974. Everything else that happened after that had to rely on some foreign partnership to make it happen. It didn’t happen, “Crawford added.
The £ 200,000 grant from RAF is for three years of development and was funded by the Rapid Capabilities Office designed to fund innovative ideas.
The company said on its website: ‘The new aircraft is based on a modular system, which can provide different configurations for different missions by using a common fuselage and avionics while switching between engine, wing and mission systems.
“The company has completed Phase 1 and Phase 2 development, completed a feasibility study, and set up a core team in preparation for the development of a prototype with the goal of maiden flight within three years.”
British company behind the new Red Arrows
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