Aerion Supersonic has announced its agreement with Safran as a major partner for the AS2 supersonic business jet, the company said.
Safran is an international high-technology group, operating in the aircraft propulsion and equipment, space and defense markets. By joining forces, these companies will bring over a century of aerospace experience to support the preliminary design of the first-ever modern supersonic business jet.
Two Safran companies have already joined the project to support the AS2. Safran Landing Systems will design the complete braking and landing gear system, from main and nose landing gears, to wheels and brakes, including extension / retraction, monitoring and steering systems, at their engineering centers in Canada and France. Safran Nacelles will design the AS2 nacelles, including the engines´ inlets, fan cowl doors and thrust reverser in France.
Aerion´s AS2 is the first-ever privately built supersonic commercial aircraft. Designed to be inherently environmentally responsible, the AS2 is the first supersonic aircraft with the ability to accept 100 percent synthetic fuel. It is also the first to be designed without an afterburner. The 12 passenger business jet is scheduled to begin flight testing in 2024.
Aerion is pioneering a new generation of efficient, economical, and environmentally responsible supersonic aircraft.