August 18, 2022

Airshow To Focus On Cleaner Flying, Possible Fighter Jet Deal

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Airshow To Focus On Cleaner Flying, Possible Fighter Jet Deal

At this week’s annual Farnborough airshow, low-emission air travel and a prospective agreement for Japan to assist in the production of the UK’s next-generation Tempest fighter jet will take center stage.

After a four-year break, executives from major international aerospace firms and airlines will congregate at the Hampshire airport. The event, which kicks off on Monday, is typically held every two years but was postponed in 2020 due to the coronavirus epidemic as the aviation sector was in danger of collapsing.

People Watch An Airbus A380 that Is Being Displayed At Farnborough.

Although manufacturers have emphasized efforts to lessen planes’ environmental impact, analysts estimate hundreds of orders for new Airbus and Boeing planes during the show as airline passenger numbers rebound. Analysts also expect sales of commercial jets powered by fossil fuels to pick up again.

Airshow To Focus On Cleaner Flying, Possible Fighter Jet Deal

The FTSE 100 jet engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce announced plans to test hydrogen-fueled engines “to demonstrate the fuel can safely and efficiently deliver power for small- to mid-size aircraft starting in the mid-2030s.”

A €112 million investment plan to work on high-voltage, high-power wiring needed to drive entirely electric engines was announced by GKN Aerospace, owned by FTSE 100 buyout firm Melrose.

A partnership to increase the production of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), or kerosene generated from non-fossil sources, was announced on Sunday by Brazil’s Embraer, a producer of smaller passenger aircraft for regional travel. Although supply is still scarce, the aviation industry is placing a lot of faith in SAF to offer net-zero flights for larger jets.

On the military front, BAE Systems, a member of the FTSE 100, will provide an update on the Tempest fighter jet on Monday. According to Reuters, this update may include a declaration that Japan will collaborate on the project.

Together, BAE, Sweden’s Saab, and Italy’s Leonardo are operating Tempest. After France and Germany ignored the UK during the previous Farnborough air show in 2018, it was first disclosed. The F-X fighter plane being developed by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in Japan may be open to collaboration, according to the defense ministry.

According to Justin Bronk, an economist at the think tank Rusi, including a second partner nation might spread development expenses that are expected to total £25 billion. The Typhoon’s predecessor will receive a £2.4 billion radar upgrade, the UK government said last week.

Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng cited “enormous prospects for growth that exist as the world moves to cleaner forms of flight” in saying that the airshow’s comeback highlighted the sector’s resurgence.

The government revealed on Monday that it has set aside £273 million in industry and public money for aerospace initiatives, including drones and more effective wings. The money is a part of the previously announced support for the Aerospace Technology Institute, cooperation between government and business that receives funds jointly.

A “drone ambition statement” outlining the government’s goals for the industry will also be released. This document will outline how rules will alter to allow drones to connect to 5G mobile networks and “improve public messaging to highlight the potential benefits of commercial drones.”

Drones will be used to carry medical supplies to the Isles of Scilly and isolated areas of Scotland as well as to assess infrastructure including ports and highways as part of the government-funded projects.

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