GKN and Swift Aircraft Unviel Net Zero-emissions Trainer Aircraft for UK Ministry of Defence
GKN and Swift Aircraft Unviel Net Zero-emissions Trainer Aircraft for UK Ministry of Defence

GKN and Swift Aircraft Unviel Net Zero-emissions Trainer Aircraft for UK Ministry of Defence

Swift Aircraft has brought together a team of British innovators to help make sustainable flight a reality. This is supported by the Project MONET contract recently awarded by the UK Ministry of Defence to demonstrate technologies that can deliver net zero emissions in flight. GKN Aerospace is leading the way in the development of a ground-breaking liquid hydrogen propulsion system and is at the forefront of the next generation of sustainable aircraft technology. The company is already developing a liquid hydrogen solution (LH2) for sub-regional aircraft that can be scaled for larger aircraft under their H2Gear project, supported by ATI funding. The company is now joining Swift Aircraft to develop design concepts for the integration of this technology for light aircraft. The ambitions of Swift Aircraft and GKN Aerospace align, albeit in different sectors in the aviation market, so the collaboration allows the breadth of the industry to be reached.

Russ Dunn Chief Technology Officer of GKN Aerospace said: “We are passionate about enabling aviation to thrive in a sustainable way. Whilst our focus is very much on pushing the boundaries of payload and range to maximize the environmental benefit of our technology, we are also proud to partner with Swift Aircraft and to contribute to the development of liquid hydrogen power solutions for the RAF. Together with our UK partners, we have the opportunity to also shape the future of military aircraft by harnessing the power of hydrogen, enhancing performance and reducing the environmental impact.”

David Stanbridge, Managing Director of Swift Aircraft said: “Liquid hydrogen power systems for the light aviation market is a tremendous breakthrough and GKN Aerospace is the perfect partner to explore this opportunity under Project MONET. The aviation industry will see a monumental shift towards renewable energies in future decades and GKN’s commitment to developing a sustainable aviation future across the whole industry is unrivaled. I am thrilled that they have joined Swift to help validate the integration of this technology into a light aircraft system”.

Project MONET will demonstrate technologies that have the potential to deliver net zero emissions in flight and the Swift provides an unrivalled test bed for the project; digitally designed to use a variety of power plants, the aircraft is able to demonstrate measurable real-world performance characteristics with its chosen green power sources.
Project MONET will demonstrate technologies that have the potential to deliver net zero emissions in flight and the Swift provides an unrivalled test bed for the project; digitally designed to use a variety of power plants, the aircraft is able to demonstrate measurable real-world performance characteristics with its chosen green power sources. (Photo by Swift Aircraft)

Focus on large scale aircraft has been significant in the race to a sustainable aviation future; now the collaboration of Swift Aircraft and GKN Aerospace under Project MONET puts the light aircraft industry into the spotlight. Light aircraft are the cornerstone for training the vast number of commercial and military pilots needed for the future, and developing these fleets to net zero is vital to the future of the planet. Project MONET is part of the RAF’s net zero 2040 programme, a research and development project designed to demonstrate the most convincing sustainable aviation technologies for a future fleet of military training aircraft. GKN Aerospace’s responsibility in this design study is to develop a concept and development plan for a LH2 solution including aircraft installation and performance, together with analysing the impact on flight training, ground handling and logistics support.

Swift Technology Group is a technology driven organisation providing complete end-to-end product development. With industry leading expertise in design, manufacture, marketing, maintenance and support, we bring innovative concepts to market and give you results of the highest quality. The Group comprises seven companies: Swift Aircraft, Swift TG Solutions, Swift TG Energy, AMEL, Europa Aircraft, TWF Solutions and Swift TG Maintenance.

GKN Aerospace is the original aerospace innovator. For decades, GKN Aerospace technologies have inspired and industrialized the aerospace industry, combining engineering excellence and technology leadership. Today the company are truly global, with 15,000 employees in 38 manufacturing locations in 12 countries around the world. All major aircraft and engine manufacturers rely on our advanced technologies. The company aerostructures, engine systems and special products improve the performance of more than 100,000 flights every day. By working closely together with universities, knowledge institutes, suppliers and customers, GKN Aerospace lead the industry in developing new technology to improve aircraft efficiency: lowering aircraft cost, weight and emissions.

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