The Royal Canadian Naval Force (RCN) is considering a new superjumbo jet, which would take the size of an Airbus A320 into deep space.
A new model, the RCAF’s new superjet, is due to be delivered in 2021.
But the company’s vice-president of engineering and technology, Paul Schubert, said it would take at least six years to complete the design, which could cost up to $300 million, and potentially more.
The RCAFs superjumbos are the latest in a line of military aircraft that are designed to carry large payloads, and the RCT’s newest is one of the most ambitious.
“If it goes well, I think it will become the new aircraft that will take off and land vertically,” Mr Schuber said.
“The size is going to be huge.
We are going to build it for $300million, and we will build it on the site that was used by the original CF-18s.”
The new super jet is expected to take off from a Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) base in Sudbury, Ont.
The base has been used to test a range of military and civilian jets.
The air force will test the new jet at a high altitude, then fly it into the air at a low altitude.
The first of three superjubiles will then be launched from a Boeing 737.
The new jet will be capable of travelling at up to 400km/h (250mph), making it faster than the A320 but slower than a Boeing 777.
The jet would also have better manoeuvrability than a Cessna Citation.
“We would like to see this be the largest aircraft in the world that can be flown to a space station,” Mr Mr Schudbert said.
The world’s largest superjumping jet The new fighter is expected for an initial flight in 2021, and would be able to reach speeds of Mach 10 (Mach 22) and would take off vertically.
The aircraft will also carry the US Army’s Joint Global Strike Fighter, or JSTF, which is the successor to the US F-35 fighter.
“It’s a superjumper that will be able do high-end payloads,” said Tom Poulin, head of research and development at Pratt & Whitney, which manufactures the superjumps.
“You could say it’s the largest fighter aircraft in this world.”
The superjumptwojet has been developed to deliver the RCRF’s mission requirements, and will not replace the CF-35, which has been retired from service due to cost problems.
It will instead be used to provide the military with the capability to maintain and refuel a fleet of CF-19 and CF-22 stealth fighters.
Mr Schuhbert said the jet was designed to be able withstand the effects of hypersonic and nuclear storms.
“In a worst-case scenario, we could get in and out of orbit at speeds of more than Mach 10,” he said.
A superjunky can travel at speeds in excess of Mach 25, and can also take off at speeds up to Mach 50.
“This is not the same as a jet that is being used to fly in a conventional air-to-air fighter,” Mr Pouel said.
“[The superjunker] will also have some capability of carrying payloads.”
In the long term, the superjet will provide the RRCF with a new aircraft to take its long-range surveillance missions into deep-space.
“As you would imagine, it is very difficult to be in a superjet in a low-Earth orbit,” Mr Shubber said, referring to a highly elliptical orbit.
He said the RCAN also hoped the new super jumbojet would help reduce the number of wars in space, but said the technology had not been developed sufficiently. “
With the super-jumbo, it’s possible to go in and land and take off in a single-pass manoeuvre and then be back in the same orbit again in the event of a hypersonics event.”
He said the RCAN also hoped the new super jumbojet would help reduce the number of wars in space, but said the technology had not been developed sufficiently.
“There are some other technologies that we are looking at that could be part of the next step in that regard, but we’re not going to get into that yet,” Mr Shoob said.
Mr Shooba said he expected the RNavy would be a customer of the super jumbos.
“I think it’s something that will make our military more secure and more secure in the future,” he told the BBC.
“So it’s an important piece of equipment for us, and I think we will be looking to partner with it in the long-term.”