Boom’s Overture supersonic airliner gains Northrop Grumman as military partner

July 21, 2022
The supersonic Overture jet, originally conceptualized for the commercial sector, is being eyed for military applications by Northrop Grumman, Emma Helfrich reports for The War Zone.

FARNBOROUGH, U.K. - Northrop Grumman and Boom Supersonic have announced a collaboration to develop a variant of the future Overture supersonic airliner specifically for the U.S. and allied military forces. The agreement was finalized at Farnborough International Air Show in the United Kingdom without much additional detail, but the partnership would act as Boom Supersonic’s first direct link with the defense industry since collaborating with the U.S. Air Force to advance supersonic travel for commercial and potential military needs, Emma Helfrich reports for The War ZoneContinue reading original article.

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

21 July 2022 - Overture will fly Mach 1.7 over water with a range of 4,250 nautical miles. Yesterday’s Overture reveal at the Farnborough International Airshow is the culmination of 26 million core-hours of simulated software designs, five wind tunnel tests, and the evaluation of 51 full design iterations, resulting in an economically and environmentally sustainable supersonic airliner.

On take-off, Overture will use the world’s first automated noise reduction system. The airliner will fly without afterburners, meeting the same strict regulatory noise levels as the latest subsonic airplanes. These noise reduction efforts will deliver a quieter experience both for passengers and airport communities

Beyond the commercial applications of the supersonic flyer, Boom and Northrop Grumman announced a partnership to devlop special variants for U.S. and allied governments.

“Pairing Northrop Grumman’s airborne defense systems integration expertise with Boom’s state-of-the-art Overture supersonic aircraft makes perfect sense,” said Tom Jones, president of Northrop Grumman Aeronautics Systems. “Together we can ensure military variants of Overture are tailored for missions where advanced system capabilities and speed are critical.”

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Jamie Whitney, Associate Editor
Intelligent Aerospace

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