Farnborough, England – July 19, 2022 – Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) and Boom Supersonic will work together to offer the U.S. government and allies a supersonic special-mission aircraft, following the signing of a partnering agreement at the Farnborough International Airshow.
“Pairing Northrop Grumman’s airborne defense systems integration expertise with Boom’s state-of-the-art Overture supersonic aircraft makes perfect sense,” said Tom Jones, president of Northrop Grumman Aeronautics Systems. “Together we can ensure military variants of Overture are tailored for missions where advanced system capabilities and speed are critical.”
Designed to carry up to 80 passengers at twice the speed of today’s subsonic airliners, a special mission variant of Overture has the potential to support government and military missions that require rapid response. Potential applications for the supersonic aircraft include quick-reaction surveillance and reconnaissance, command and control, as well as mobility and logistics missions, such as emergency medical evacuation and troop transport.
“Time is a strategic advantage in high-consequence scenarios, from military operations to disaster response,” said Blake Scholl, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Boom Supersonic. “This collaboration between Boom and Northrop Grumman unlocks Overture’s unmatched high speed mission capability for the United States and its allies.”
Designed and built in the United States, the first Overture aircraft will be in production for commercial use in 2024, start flight tests in 2026 and begin carrying passengers in 2029.
Northrop Grumman is a leading provider of aircraft systems with extensive experience integrating specialized defense technologies for a variety of missions. The E-2D Advanced Hawkeye and the E-8 Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System, or Joint STARS, are two examples of Northrop Grumman’s leadership in airborne weapons system integration.
About Northrop Grumman
Northrop Grumman is a technology company, focused on global security and human discovery. Our pioneering solutions equip our customers with capabilities they need to connect, advance and protect the U.S. and its allies. Driven by a shared purpose to solve our customers’ toughest problems, our 90,000 employees define possible every day.
About Boom Supersonic
Boom Supersonic is transforming air travel with Overture, the fastest airliner, optimized for speed, safety, and sustainability. Carrying 65–80 passengers, Overture will fly at twice the speed of today’s airliners and will run on 100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). Overture’s commercial order book, including purchases and options from United Airlines and Japan Airlines, stands at 70 aircraft. Boom is also working with the U.S. Air Force and Northrop Grumman for military and defense applications of Overture. Suppliers collaborating with Boom on the Overture program include Collins Aerospace, Eaton, Safran Landing Systems, and Rolls-Royce. For more information, visit https://boomsupersonic.com
Warren A. Comer for Northrop Grumman
Aubrey Scanlan for Boom Supersonic