Royal Air Force is further investing in AERALIS modular jet

AERALIS receives further support RAF
AERALIS modular jets concept design.

Pioneering military aerospace company AERALIS announced yesterday that it has received significant further investment from the Royal Air Force's Rapid Capabilities Office (RCO) in line with the wider PYRAMID programme.

In February 2021, AERALIS entered into a three-year contract with the Royal Air Force's RCO for the research and development of a new modular approach to the design and development of future aircraft. With the first phase successfully completed, AERALIS is about to launch Phase 2 of the programme that will provide a route to exploit the potential of PYRAMID, the Ministry of Defence's open mission system architecture.

As part of the UK MOD's Combat Air Strategy, AERALIS is also engaged with the UK MOD and its Defense, Equipment and Support procurement arm to explore potential avenues for further collaboration. The areas under consideration are over and above avionics system development and aim to realise broader technology and enterprise benefits such as digitisation that will support the MOD's Technology Initiative for Combat Air Systems of the future.

"We are delighted to be able to announce the next phase of our contract with the RCO. Over the last year we have delivered some exciting insights into the digital backbone required for the development of new military aircraft, and we look forward to continuing this important work in partnership with the RAF," Tristan Crawford, AERALIS CEO, said.

This further investment confirms the Royal Air Force's confidence in the AERALIS project. The recent decision by the UK Ministry of Defense to extend the operational life of the Hawk T2 fleet could be part of a plan that also includes the entry into service of the modular training jet.

Written by Matteo Sanzani

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