RENO, Nev., - Supersonic aircraft company Aerion has announced it has selected Collins Aerospace Systems, a unit of Raytheon Technologies Corp., for the development of the moveable leading edge actuation system, elevons actuation system, horizontal stabilizer actuation system and the rudder actuation system for the AS2 supersonic business jet.
Collins Aerospace is a leading expert in fly-by-wire, hydraulic and electrohydraulic actuation design, and offers a complete line of actuation products that enhance aircraft performance and reduce pilot workload. The AS2 flight controls will be developed and designed from Collins Aerospace’s Actuation System centersin Wolverhampton, in the UK, and Vernon in France.
Aerion’s pursuit of faster point-to-point travel begins with the launch of the AS2 supersonic business jet which will commence production in 2023. Designed to be inherently environmentally responsible from first flight, the AS2 is the first supersonic aircraft designed with the ability to accept 100% synthetic fuel and reach supersonic speeds without the need for an afterburner.
The manufacture of 300 AS2’s is planned for the first decade of production. The AS2 will be the first aircraft to be assembled at the company’s new global headquarters in Melbourne, Florida - Aerion Park.