English aircraft developer company AERALIS has put forward their designs for a transonic modular light jet aircraft which can mix and match flight equipment.
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The advanced jet trainer, the first design going into production, uses a common core fuselage with first-of-its-kind wing architecture consisting of an inner wing and an outer wing.
The core of the new aircraft allows multiple configurations such as advanced jet trainer, aggressor, companion, ISTAR (intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition, and reconnaissance), and tanking options.
The aircraft design also has a modular cockpit which can be set in single-seat configuration with additional room for electromagnetic warfare capabilities or additional fuel payload, while the dual seat option adds an additional pilot.
AERALIS chief executive officer and founder Tristan Crawford said the unique design ensures aircraft manoeuvrability at both low and high speeds as well as transonic capability.
“I am incredibly proud of the work the AERALIS team has done to develop this cutting-edge design which represents a significant offering in the military light jet market,” he said.
“The modular design provides the AERALIS jet with maximum flexibility whilst including a first-of-a-kind design to enhance aircraft performance.
“I look forward to quickly progressing the aircraft to its next stage.”
The company is aiming for market availability of the aircraft later in the decade, he said.
The aircraft also features full combat radar stored in the nose cone for both ISTAR and EW configurations, as well as the ability to use commercial off-the-shelf landing gear to reduce aircrafts’ maintenance costs.