Wichita may be involved in the development of a new supersonic jet

December 26, 2017 - 11:03 pm

Work on a supersonic business airplane may take place, in part, in Wichita.

According to Aerion Corp. Executive Chairman Brian Barents, it's likely that some of the parts on the company's $120 million AS2 supersonic business jet will be made by Wichita suppliers.

The Wichita Eagle reports that Barents fully expects Wichita's aviation industry to play a role in the development of the 12-passenger jet.

The AS2 likely will be manufactured by Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, which last week announced its agreement with Aerion to work together on a plan to engineer, certify and produce the jet. But Barents says there will be ample opportunity for Wichita suppliers to manufacture parts for the airplane.

The jet is expected to make its first flight in 2023.

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