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UK MoD looks to hypersonic propulsion

22nd July 2019 - 16:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


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Rolls-Royce is to work on the development of hypersonic propulsion systems for the UK Ministry of Defence’s procurement arm, Defence Equipment and Support.

The company will undertake design studies, research, development, analysis and experimentation relating to high-Mach advanced propulsion systems. 

Rolls-Royce will work with technology partners, BAE Systems and Reaction Engines, to  enable technologies for increased aircraft performance and capability.

A joint industry statement from the three companies, said: ‘By bringing together acknowledged aerospace innovation capability from British companies, Rolls-Royce, Reaction Engines and BAE Systems, critical high Mach propulsion technology elements will be developed over the next 2 years, paving the way for a UK centre of excellence in this technology and contributing to meeting UK MoD future defence needs.

‘This work highlights the importance of collaboration with our partners and will allow us to focus on developing innovative technologies for increased aircraft performance and capability.’

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