Experimental Aerodynamics

Advanced wind tunnel test techniques for the latest aircraft and defence system programmes.
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Design and Manufacture

The latest manufacturing techniques producing high quality wind tunnel models and precision machined components.
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Computational Aerodynamics

Specialists in CFD code development and aerodynamic design and analysis.
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Developing the latest technologies for the advancement of aerodynamic testing and CFD.
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Welcome to ARA

ARA is an independent research and development organisation providing a range of specialist services to the aerospace industry; including high speed wind tunnel testing, Computational Fluid Dynamics and high precision wind tunnel model design and manufacture.  These three capabilities provide our customers with a complete aerodynamic service from initial aerodynamic design and analysis through model design and manufacture to wind tunnel testing.

Although specialising in the aerospace industry, our experience of machining the high strength steels required for wind tunnel models means our manufacturing department is ideally suited for customers requiring precision manufacturing of high value, complex components for any application. Also, ARA’s aerodynamic expertise provides specialist input to motor vehicle and wind turbine development.

Based in Bedford, 50 miles north of London, ARA has worked on many prestigious projects for the World’s major civil aircraft and defence system manufacturers. Our expanding global customer base extends from the west coast of America, across Europe, to the Far East of Asia.

ARA is part of the UK Aerospace Technology Institute and the new services and facilities developed as part of this initiative are available for the benefit of all our customers.


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Mach 1.4

is the speed our transonic wind tunnel can achieve


hours of successful wind tunnel testing for clients


expertly trained and educated members of our team


ARA was established as a UK wind tunnel test facility

Aircraft Research Association Limited
Manton Lane, Bedford, England MK41 7PF

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