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HVX (Hypersonic air Vehicle, Experimental)


Technology Demonstrator Proposal


United Kingdom | 2032



"The HVX is a technology demonstrator planned for the British Royal Air Force as a reusable, unmanned Mach 5-capable vehicle.."



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The HVX ("Hypersonic air Vehicle, Experimental") is a proposed, unmanned hypersonic-minded demonstrator aircraft intended for the British Royal Air Force (RAF) as a reusable Mach 5 performer for the purposes of air defense. Hypersonic flight occurs under altitudes of 300,000 feet while reaching speeds just over 3,800 miles-per-hour (around Mach 5) or greater. This gives the aircraft considerable survivability against intercepting missile threats and notably cuts down on flying-time-to-target by traversing the higher reaches of the atmosphere before coming back down to earth.

The concept aircraft was debuted at Farnborough 2022 and this presented form is a sleek offering with a blended wing-body design. Under the nose is seen a rectangular intake for the air-breathing portion of the propulsion scheme while an elegantly-shaped rudder is affixed to the rear of the airframe for the needed control. Beyond this, very few details can be noted about the overall design.

The propulsion scheme will be developed jointly by Reaction Engines and longtime engine-maker Rolls-Royce, mating the Reaction Engines advanced "precooler" system with a gas turbine supplied by Rolls-Royce. Once airborne with the aid of the turbine, a ramjet system will be activated to propel the aircraft to greater speeds towards the desired waypoint.

Weapons are a proposed part of the overall design.

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July 2022 - The HVX design form was unveiled at Farnborough 2022.

Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one aircraft design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the HVX Technology Demonstrator Proposal.
1 x Air-breathing turbine engine for take-off and 1 x Ramjet engine for sustained high-speed flight.
Propulsion
3,837 mph
6,175 kph | 3,334 kts
Max Speed
295,276 ft
90,000 m | 56 miles
Service Ceiling
Structure
The nose-to-tail, wingtip-to-wingtip physical qualities of the HVX Technology Demonstrator Proposal.
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(UNMANNED)
Crew
29.5 ft
9.00 m
O/A Length
13.1 ft
(4.00 m)
O/A Width
Armament
Available supported armament and special-mission equipment featured in the design of the HVX (Hypersonic air Vehicle, Experimental) Technology Demonstrator Proposal .
Proposed with future weapons support. Assumed air-to-air missiles.
Variants
Notable series variants as part of the HVX (Hypersonic air Vehicle, Experimental) family line.
HVX ("Hypersonic air Vehicle, Experimental") - Base Project Designation.
Operators
Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the HVX (Hypersonic air Vehicle, Experimental). Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national aircraft listing.

Total Production: 0 Units

Contractor(s): Royal Air Force / Reaction Engines / Rolls-Royce - UK
National flag of the United Kingdom

[ United Kingdom (planned) ]
Relative Max Speed
Hi: 5000mph
Lo: 2500mph
Aircraft Max Listed Speed (3,837mph).

Graph Average of 3,750 MPH.
Era Crossover
Pie graph section
Showcasing Aircraft Era Crossover (if any)
Max Alt Visualization
Small airplane graphic
MACH Regime (Sonic)
Sub
Trans
Super
Hyper
HiHyper
ReEntry
RANGES (MPH) Subsonic: <614mph | Transonic: 614-921 | Supersonic: 921-3836 | Hypersonic: 3836-7673 | Hi-Hypersonic: 7673-19180 | Reentry: >19030
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Mission Roles
Some designs are single-minded in their approach while others offer a more versatile solution to airborne requirements.
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Recognition
Some designs stand the test of time while others are doomed to never advance beyond the drawing board; let history be their judge.
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