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Lockheed to make world’s 1st supersonic business jet

By Reuters, The Japan News

Lockheed Martin Corp., the maker of the F-35 and F-22 fighter jets, is partnering with plane maker Aerion Corp. to develop the world’s first supersonic business jet.

Over the next year, the companies will draw up a plan for all phases of the program such as engineering, certification and production to develop the jet, the Aerion AS2, the companies said on Friday.

The head of Lockheed’s aeronautic division, Orlando Carvalho, said “new materials, new technologies are making civil supersonic flight a realistic near-term possibility.”

Reno, Nevada-based Aerion said it expects the supersonic business jet to be operational by 2025.

During the next year the project could create as many as 40 jobs at Lockheed Martin alone, Carvalho told Reuters in an interview.

In May, General Electric Co’s GE Aviation and Aerion announced a joint study to develop a supersonic engine for the AS2.