Aerion Supersonic has begun initial concept development for the first in a family of rapidly developed high altitude supercruise aircraft for the U.S. Defense market, the company announced on Jan. 3.
Aerion will apply its entrepreneurial culture, supersonic aircraft design expertise, and unique digital design capabilities to provide innovative solutions to military customers, according to a statement released by the company.
“We are applying the same innovation, approach to risk, and focus on speed and discipline to the military market that we have used to pioneer the first supersonic business aircraft, the AS2. The AS2 can supercruise for 4,200nm at Mach 1.4 with a large payload at an altitude of 57,000 feet,” says Tom Vice, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer for Aerion.
The company has named Ex-U.S. Navy aviator Stew Miller as its Executive Vice President, Strategic Systems. He will oversee the segment of the company’s business that will develop and offer disruptive solutions to U.S. government agencies, the Department of Defense and allied military customers. Miller will report directly to Tom Vice, Aerion’s Chairman, President and CEO.
Miller served 20 years in the Navy as an aviator flying the F-14 Tomcat carrier-borne combat aircraft. Subsequently, he gained extensive experience developing numerous prototypes as an executive at Northrop Grumman Aerospace.