Vertical Aerospace has entered into an agreement with Babcock International to study potential uses of the VX4 electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft in Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and cargo transport roles.
The two companies made the joint announcement on the first day of the Farnborough International Air Show.
Under the terms of the agreement, the two companies will set up a joint working group to see how the VX4 eVTOL can be used in roles other than passenger transportation. Vertical Aerospace says that it will try and utilize Babcock’s defense industry experience to explore potential VX4 military applications in roles including logistics delivery and casulty evacuations.
“Partnering with Vertical Aerospace not only enables us to harness our extensive digital and data expertise across Babcock, but also our reputation as a trusted MRO provider with a highly skilled workforce.” said Phil Craig, Managing Director of UK Aviation, Babcock, “As a business, we’re committed to reducing our carbon footprint and this partnership is an exciting step into the world of electric aircraft. Exploring VX4’s technological capabilities allows us to understand how it can be used to deliver critical care and logistical support in challenging environments with zero emissions.”
The companies will also jointly develop modular maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) capabilities to ensure that VX4 aircraft are properly maintained once they enter service.
“Climate change is the greatest challenge of our time. As with all other areas, the emergency services and logistics sectors must respond and adapt,” said Stephen Fitzpatrick, Founder & CEO, Vertical Aerospace. “I am delighted that Vertical Aerospace will be able to support Babcock, a trusted provider of emergency response services, in their efforts to decarbonize their operations.”
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