Among the developers of the various manned equipment erupted a real battle for who will release early supersonic aircraft, which will receive mass distribution. And recently, one of the largest manufacturers in the face of Lockheed Martin have joined this race with its new project of a supersonic business jet.
The company Lockheed Martin as part of a new project, collaborating with Aerion, and the new aircraft will be called AS2. A major innovation in the production of the aircraft will be the construction of three engines, two located under the wings of the plane, and the third in the tail. Such an arrangement would have a positive effect on the speed and aerodynamics of future aircraft. It is worth noting that such a design engineers Lockheed Martin introduced in 2014, but only now she found to good use. In addition, the cabin will be performed by all standards, the relevant premium segment, while on a flight from Los Angeles to Sydney, on assurances of creators, the aircraft will take only 2 hours.
Collaboration with Aerion was not accidental. The fact that this company is one of the market leaders in designing aerodynamic hulls, which is very important for any aircraft. Aerion has long worked with companies such as GE Aviation and Airbus, and the fruit of a collaboration with Lockheed Martin in the form of AS2 should enter the market no later than 2023.