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Updated: RAF kicks off Project Monet to develop sustainable fuel test aircraft

21st April 2023 - 14:00 GMT | by Norbert Neumann in London


Technologies explored under the programme will include all-electric battery power, synthetic-fuelled internal combustion engines, hydrogen cells and hybrid systems. (Photo: UK MoD/Crown Copyright)

Project Monet will evaluate the feasibility of matching environmentally friendly technologies with key military requirements, including all-electric battery power.

This story was updated on 21 April 2023 clarifying that the RAF RCO has awarded two separate contracts to Swift Aircraft and Babcock. The companies have no partnership under Project Monet.

The RAF’s Rapid Capabilities Office (RCO) has awarded Babcock and Swift Aircraft two separate contracts in its latest effort towards a sustainable aviation future under Project Monet.

The programme will see the development of two experimental flying test aircraft to showcase the capabilities and potential of sustainable aviation technologies.

Babcock is in partnership with UK-based SMEs CFS Aero, Zero Petroleum, Delta Cosworth and Uplift 360, whereas Swift Aircraft chose not to

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Norbert Neumann


Norbert Neumann

Norbert is the Aviation, Military Training & Simulation reporter at Shephard Media. Before joining Shephard in …

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