Innovative British jet designer AERALIS, has announced it is partnering with Hamble Aerostructures, an Aernnova Group company, for integrated manufacturing design support of the common core fuselage and canopy of AERALIS’ unique modular jet.
The collaboration agreement with Hamble Aerostructures will enable key support to be provided to develop the structural design to achieve the key Preliminary Design Review milestone, and will seek to integrate the initial design with Hamble’s expertise in manufacturing capability. This will support the production of the AERALIS jet to ensure that by the time the aircraft is being produced at scale, the operation will be streamlined and highly cost-effective due to extensive early production planning.
The two companies will work in close partnership with staff from AERALIS working at the Hamble Aerostructure site in Hamble, and staff from Hamble Aerostructures will be joining the AERALIS team at their site in Bristol.
This announcement is the next step in the journey for AERALIS, who have grown considerably in the last twelve months, with further partnership agreements also in negotiation.
Hamble has produced a variety of aviation systems over its 85+ year history. Beginning as a producer of flying boats for British Marine Aircraft, Hamble has leveraged its capabilities into the civil and military aviation industries to become a world class composite, metallic and hybrid aerostructures manufacturer with additional capabilities for producing military role equipment and canopy systems.
Its extensive military aerostructure experience on a variety of products on multiple military platforms including Hawk, T-45, Tornado, Harrier, Typhoon, P8, C-17, A400M & F-35 make it ideally suited to assist AERALIS on this existing new venture.
Aernnova is a leading aerostructure company specialised in the design and manufacturing of composite and metallic structures. With over 4,500 employees and a global footprint including operations in Spain, Brazil, México, UK and USA, Aernnova works with many world-class aerospace customers.
Aernnova is recognized by its customers for its performance and competitiveness as well as for its know-how, capacities and capabilities in engineering and manufacturing, with technological development and innovation being key strategic vectors for Aernnova present and future growth.
Paul Holmes, MP for Eastleigh said: "I am delighted at the success of Hamble Aerostructures, a valuable local business with a strong reputation. The partnership with AERALIS will provide welcome jobs locally and add another layer to the rich aviation history of our area. I congratulate all of those involved and look forward to seeing the project progress."
Tristan Crawford, CEO of AERALIS said: “We are delighted to be able to announce this partnership with Hamble Aerostructures. The firm has a proud legacy of providing world class aircraft structures, and as we take this exciting journey towards producing the first British founded, designed and built military jet in 40 years.”
Paulo Mancilla, Managing Director of Hamble Aerostructures added: “HAL are delighted to be part of this exciting new, UK led programme. With our long history and current capability this opportunity is the perfect fit for the Hamble business to demonstrate its expertise and to expand its military portfolio. We look forward to helping the AERALIS programme become a success and trust we will enjoy a long and successful partnership with AERALIS.”