Fast Jet and Formula One technology sharing partnership signed between BAE Systems and Williams5 December 2018
A new partnership agreement between BAE Systems, Williams Grand Prix Engineering and Williams Advanced Engineering Ltd will see technology, expertise and skills shared between the world leading, technology-led engineering businesses across a range of areas including cockpit designs, augmented reality and advanced materials.
Innovators at BAE Systems play a key role in the development, manufacture and support of fast jets such as the Eurofighter Typhoon, F-35 and Future Combat Air Systems and will now work in close collaboration with their peers at Williams, an organisation that has achieved decades of success in the ultra-competitive environment of Formula One.
Drawing on each organisation’s skills, experience and knowledge, it is expected that the new partnership will devise and deliver projects to create game-changing innovations, ultimately influencing the design, performance and production of both fast jets and fast cars.
Initial collaborations are likely to include: work on intuitive cockpit designs for fighter pilots and racing drivers, taking advantage of each organisation’s work in virtual and augmented reality; aerodynamics; lightweight materials; and battery technology that could power solar powered unmanned air vehicles and the cars of the future.
The companies will work together on product and technology development, coordinating funding where there is a mutual benefit in doing so. Opportunities to exploit existing intellectual property will also be explored to harness some of the latest developments in specialist low volume manufacture and expertise in vehicle dynamics in each organisation’s specialist sector.