UK-based Aeralis designing a new modular next-gen training aircraft

Buoyed by a recent high-profile investment from the UK Royal Air Force (RAF), and with additional backing now being sought via its latest funding drive, modular training aircraft developer Aeralis is aiming to take its concept to pre-production flying status before the middle of the decade.

Rapidly developing and employing a generational leap in design toolsets, the Aeralis team will be demonstrating the model-based systems engineering approach that is enabling the team to effectively assess the aircraft performance now, in a digital test and evaluation environment, yielding significant risk reduction and programme benefits.

The Aeralis Smart Integrated Digital Enterprise will also enable fast iteration and certification of the modular aircraft design to fulfil new roles with new configurations, while unifying design and operational data to support customers in optimising their operations.

AERALIS features integrated evergreen, open architecture avionics and is designed, manufactured, supported and emulated in a digital environment.

Situated in the aerospace zone opposite the RAF Tempest stand in Hall 7, the Aeralis stand will feature a scale model of the Aeralis jet that demonstrates the flexibility of the modular design, with the senior leadership team on-hand to discuss the ways the Aeralis “One System. Many Missions” approach supports the ambitions of customers such as the RAF’s to rationalise their future fleets.

Photo by Aeralis

Aeralis’ first aircraft will support advanced training solutions for customers with further versions providing operational capability.

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As with a large portion of industry, Aeralis’ appearance at DSEI will be their first in-person event in over a year, and it follows a year of exciting developments for the UK-based modular aircraft developer.

Most recently, Aeralis successfully completed a teaming agreement with Thales in the UK to prepare development of innovative training system processes, devices and systems through which to develop and operate the Aeralis platforms. These activities came in the wake of the signing of a three-year contract with the RAF’s Rapid Capabilities Office (RCO) for research and development into Aeralis’ modular approach to the design and development of its future aircraft.

Tristan Crawford, Aeralis CEO, said: “We are very excited to be returning to DSEI and to exhibit our next-generation approach to aircraft design and development at our stand in the Aerospace Zone. Aeralis represents a step forward in the digitally-driven development and certification of flexible, open-architecture aircraft systems and we look forward to showcasing our cutting-edge modular approach to jet development face-to-face with industry and stakeholders at DSEI.”

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