Aeralis presents a modular military aircraft concept. By replacing the wings, the engine, or by rearranging the cabin, it is possible to create a whole range of jets meeting the specific needs of combat missions.
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Here is a unique military aircraft concept, since it is not just a single aircraft, but represents a whole range of devices for as many uses. Imagined by the British company Aerial, this jet is modular. It is equipped with a fuselagefuselage common and modular or interchangeable parts. Thus, we can modify the cockpit so that the plane is in tandem or solo configuration with more fuel or equipment. The cockpit can also be emptied to transform the plane into a drone. Outside, apart from the elevator wing and the fin which are not replaceable, the main wing can however benefit from different configurations. We can thus have a long and thin wing to improve the portanceportance and endurance for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions. The shape of the wing can also be designed to provide stealthstealth At the phone. There is also a swept wing to reduce drag and take more vitessevitesse, or even a wing profile adapted to withstand sudden accelerations. Even the engines will be interchangeable, with a whole range of powers.
A modular aircraft, from the wings, to the cabin, including the engine. © Aeralis
For Aeralis, it is not really about an aircraft, but about an “entire system”. In addition to offering a modular aircraft, it is also necessary to train the pilot and also the technicians who must be able to change the elements of an aircraft depending on the mission. For Aeralis, this modularity meets the needs of armies. Instead of having a range of aircraft with different uses, we only have one platform to adjust according to needs. Likewise, this process also simplifies maintenance, since everything is interchangeable. In the meantime, this concept is on track to one day take overairair. A sure sign: Aeralis is multiplying partnerships, with groups like Honeywell, Thales, Rolls-Royce, SiemensSiemens… Initially, modularity should benefit the creation of an advanced training aircraft, such as the Alphajet or the Hawk. The company plans to build and test the aircraft in the UK as early as mid-2025. Given its particularity, certification with regulatorsregulators should prove long and complicated.
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