A supersonic aircraft will be built by Northrop Grumman and Boom Supersonic

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July 27, 2022

Lisa Daigle

Associate Editor

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A supersonic aircraft will be built by Northrop Grumman and Boom Supersonic

Artist’s impression of the special mission variant of the Overture supersonic special mission aircraft. Photo by Northrop Grumman.

FALLS CHURCH, Va. Northrop Grumman and aeronautical designer Boom Supersonic (Denver, Colorado) have agreed to collaborate on a new supersonic aircraft aimed at enabling the US military and its allies with fast-reacting aviation capabilities.

The companies’ agreement to offer special mission variants of Boom’s “Overture” supersonic aircraft was finalized at the recent Farnborough International Airshow (UK).

Such a specialized aircraft could be used by the military to deliver medical supplies, provide emergency medical evacuation, patrol large areas faster than conventional aircraft, and used to coordinate other aircraft and ground resources in a variety of scenarios.

According to a statement from Northrop Grummman, the first Overture aircraft will be in production for commercial use in 2024, begin flight testing in 2026 and begin carrying passengers in 2029.

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