Collins Aerospace to supply systems for supersonic jet

Aerion AS2 CREDIT: Aerion

By CBJ News Staff

Supersonic aircraft manufacturer Aerion has selected Collins Aerospace Systems for four systems on its AS2 supersonic business jet.

Collins Aerospace Systems will supply the AS2’s movable leading edge actuation system, elevons actuation system, horizontal stabilizer actuation system and the rudder actuation system.

“The very nature of supersonic travel presents some unique challenges when it comes to designing reliable and precise systems to guide the aircraft – and we are eager to address them head-on as part of the Aerion team,” said Ed Dryden, vice president of Actuation Systems for Collins Aerospace, in a news release. “Collins Aerospace has a long history in advancing complex actuation systems for both commercial and military platforms, and we look forward to continuing this legacy with the AS2.”

Aerion plans to begin production of the AS2 supersonic business jet in 2023. It is the first supersonic aircraft designed with the ability to accept 100% synthetic fuel and reach supersonic speeds without an afterburner. The company plans to manufacture 300 AS2s in the first decade of production. It will be assembled at the company’s new global headquarters in Melbourne, Florida. CBJ