The British Army's Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) will join forces with the Bloodhound SuperSonic Car Project in a bid to smash the current land speed record, the MOD has announced.
Bloodhound is the ground-breaking UK project which aims to design and build a car capable of reaching 1,000mph (1,600km/h), eclipsing the current British land speed record of 763mph (1,228km/h) set by the Thrust SuperSonic Car in 1997.
The announcement follows the signing of an agreement between the MOD and the Bloodhound Project by Defence Minister Philip Dunne and Bloodhound Director Richard Noble, which outlines their commitment to work together to achieve common goals, which includes promoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics in the UK and raising the profile of science and technology in Defence.
Bloodhound incorporates many advanced technologies with direct relevance to the Armed Forces, ranging from materials and structures through to control systems and data management.
A team of five REME engineers will assist in the construction and maintenance of the car over the next two years and will be vital to the success of the project both in the UK and during the record attempts in South Africa in 2013 and 2014.
The REME engineers will work alongside Royal Air Force pilot Wing Commander Andy Green, who will drive the new car, powered by a Typhoon jet engine and a hybrid rocket, during the record attempts. He holds the current land speed record as the driver of the Thrust SuperSonic Car.
Philip Dunne, Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology, said:
"I am delighted to sign this concordat with the Bloodhound Project [today]. Bloodhound is an inspirational project that will have a lasting legacy for the UK by inspiring future generations into careers in science, technology, engineering and maths.
"These are essential skills to British industry, particularly within the Defence sector, and it is vital that we nurture them.
"This is also a great opportunity for the Army's mechanical engineers to share experience and develop their skills whilst working on this innovative technology here in the UK. That experience will feed directly back into the front line as they progress through their Army careers."
"on a global stage"
Richard Noble, Director of the Bloodhound Project, said: "Bloodhound is a cutting-edge, high-technology project, operating on a global stage in front of a huge audience. We are delighted that the MOD and REME will be joining us and sharing in this unique adventure. Their young engineers have great skills and attitude and will make a tremendous contribution to the building and running of the car.
"In turn, they will be 'hands on' with an extraordinary mix of aerospace, Formula 1 and space technology, and experience the education programme which is at the heart of Bloodhound."
Craftsman Rob Fenn (19), is a member of the REME support team. He said: "I have come through the apprentice system and have been lucky to have been picked to work on the most awe-inspiring engineering project where I can use the skills I have learned to build the world's fastest car.
"For me, Bloodhound is rocket-powered professional development. I have no doubt that this will boost my career and open my eyes to the most incredible science and engineering."