Scientists and engineers at BAE Systems have lifted the lid on some futuristic technologies that could be incorporated in military and civil aircraft of 2040.
According to BAE, the technology is a lightweight adhesive fluid inside a pattern of carbon nanotubes from which the aircraft is constructed and is released when damaged to quickly ‘set’ mid-flight and heal any damage.
This advanced use of materials would create a highly survivable jet, capable of entering even the most dangerous of scenarios to complete vital missions.
BAE Systems is a British multinational defence, security and aerospace company.
Its headquarters are in London in the United Kingdom and it has operations worldwide. It is among the world’s largest defence contractors; it was ranked as the second-largest based on applicable 2012 revenues.
Its largest operations are in the United Kingdom and United States, where its BAE Systems Inc. subsidiary is one of the six largest suppliers to the US Department of Defense.
Other major markets include Australia, India and Saudi Arabia.
The company was formed in November 1999 by the £7.7 billion merger of two British companies: Marconi Electronic Systems (MES) – the defence electronics and naval shipbuilding subsidiary of the General Electric Company plc (GEC) – and British Aerospace (BAe) – an aircraft, munitions and naval systems manufacturer.