2023 Aeralis Dart Jet Advanced Trainer Aircraft Specification Reviews | Aeralis, a British company, wants to sell the concept of a modular training platform to the military market.
2023 Aeralis Dart Jet Advanced Trainer Aircraft Specification Reviews
|Type||Advanced Jet Trainer Aircraft|
|Year of development||2023|
|Development Status||Under development|
|Engine||Varies by configuration. One or two turbocharged engines without/with dozers of unknown make and model, 3500 kg to 12000 kg thrust.|
MilitaryEzyInfo.com – The new generation of fighter aircraft requires a new approach to flight and combat training as well. Currently, the world’s major air forces are introducing new candidates in two phases: basic training using turboprops and jets, and advanced training using jets.
In this way, trainees grow from low and slow to high and fast in a relatively gradual manner before going into production.
UK-based Aeralis (founded in 2015) and its all-in-one training solution (said to be a “first” for the military) is a new, cost-effective design with a common modular airframe design built around a common cockpit and an accompanying common training system method may be able to bridge this gap.
This unique aircraft will be used to meet the integration, adaptability, and more effective pilot training needs for a new class of 5th generation flight platforms, such as the Lockheed F-35 “Lightning II” Strike Fighter, which is being introduced worldwide but at the same time it is also compatible with the current 4th/4th generation platforms.
The common cockpit display (with helmet display = HMD) can be adapted to the flight requirements of both basic and advanced training, making this system part of a fully configurable aircraft. It will be powered by a non-turbocharged engine with 3,500 pounds of thrust on a generously maneuverable rectangular wing.
Maximum take-off weight (MTOW) is expected to be in the 3,500-kilogram range, with a top speed of 350 knots. The same platform can be transitioned to advanced training forms with relatively little work. Customizable cockpit displays and body integration are the same, but the curvature of the wing components can be altered to allow supersonic flight.
It is powered by an upgraded turbocharged afterburner engine with 9,000 pounds of thrust. There is also a possible twin-engine scheme with 12,000 lbs (2×6,000 lbs) of thrust. This version, with an MTOW of about 5,000 pounds, would achieve a speed of Mach 1.2 and provide fighter pilots with the “next step” in supersonic performance training.
It can also be modified to meet customer requirements, such as the orientation (side-mounted or center-mounted) of the HOTAS (Hands-On-Throttle-and-Stick) flight control system, so it can be closer to the layout of modern fighter platforms. It can be
The original airframe concept, released in 2015, was called the “Dart Jet”. Today, two different modern versions are recognized, “Aeralis A” and “Aeralis B”, the former representing the advanced trainer model and the latter the basic form of the trainer concept.
By sharing a common modular airframe, they share up to 90% of common parts with each other. In addition, a third high-performance aerobatic model can be bundled to complete the family product.
The basic shape of the airframe mimics the common design lines used in competing models such as the BAe Hawk and Aero L-39 (both of which are described in detail on this site).
There is a two-person tandem seat for students and instructors, with the rear seat located behind the shoulder of the front operator (this position is usually reserved for the student).
The nose is tapered downward, allowing the cockpit to see through to the front and sides of the aircraft. Regardless of the number of engines onboard, the aircraft uses a split suction system to suck in the jet propulsion system.
The wings are set high to balance thrust and lift, and the tail has a single vertical fin and a slightly downward-facing horizontal surface. The retractable tricycle chassis provides the necessary ground conditions.
The totally unique concept of a modular trainer is interesting and, if realized, this project could revolutionize the procurement process of military trainers.
The logistical benefits are most obvious in terms of production and maintenance/repair costs, while high-performance training is what the next generation of platforms and trainees will demand.
Only time will tell if this concept will catch on, and Aeralis expects lifecycle savings of up to 30% compared to the traditional two-plane layout.
In the next phase of the project, in addition to securing additional funding, the company will need to select an engine for the flexible design. Until now, the focus has been on conventional engines from Honeywell, Rolls-Royce, and Williams International of the defense aviation industry.
As a result, compact turbofans such as the F124, Adur, and FJ44 are on the shortlist. Aeralis plans to achieve airborne form as early as the beginning of the next decade, and the choice of engine will play a major role in that timeline.
One of the main potential customers for the Aeralis concept is the Royal Air Force, which currently has a fleet of Hawk trainers in T.1 and T.2 versions.
The Royal Navy also has 17 T.1s in use. These are vintage aircraft from the Cold War era (1947-1991), although they are still a capable platform.
Also, the British Army recently accepted its first F-35 fighter jet on its new aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth.