The U.S. Royal Air Force is very interested in unconventional electric vertical take-off and landing technologies, such as the Joby Aviation aircraft, which is the latest quadcopter developed by independent products of commercial service companies.
With the rapid development of high and new technology, the definition of flying cars has been well spaced for a long time. In addition to the potential for market sales and development of flying cars on the civilian sales market, flying cars for the main purpose of national defense have very critical effects. And the US military, which has always attached great importance to the development and design of advanced weapons, has also created a deep interest in it.
According to the latest news on February 27, the Royal Air Force has announced that it has just begun to search for new types of weapons and equipment that can quickly transport troops and weapons to the five military regions.
On February 25th, the U.S. Royal Air Force announced the tender information for the new project of the AgilityPrime electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft. The main idea is that it is committed to exploring the commercial services of electric vertical takeoff and landing technology (also known as eVTOL or flying car). The main purpose of development trends.
Regarding the contract, the British Air Force's purchase unit management Veno Roper stated that despite the announcement of AgilityPrime's tender information, the new project will not easily become the top plan for competing for development trend assets. The U.S. Royal Air Force now only expects forward-looking explicit requirements so that such new ideas can be validated for airworthiness and benefit the commercial service sales market.
"People see that many companies have promoted this cool technology, this technology still has the opportunity to be the real first productive force, but the difficulty they face today is to get airworthiness verification. And this kind of enterprise development and design The assets of the new flying car project are not presented by the Department of Defense, but are developed by individual investors. The Royal Air Force only hopes that the new flying car new project will already have the safety factor and airworthiness verification. Carry out testing. "
The United States Royal Air Force has not explicitly proposed strict management of the "sensitivity" of electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft already in product development. According to the information displayed in the tender, the U.S. Royal Air Force is interested in eVTOL and large-city / advanced maneuverable quadcopters. Since these quadcopters can be powered by electric or hybrid electric vehicles, they can be controlled by the aircraft pilots. , Or carry out remote control remote control aviation.
In fact, it means that the Royal Air Force is very interested in getting a model that can transport 3 to 8 staff members at a flying speed of 100 kilometers per hour, and conduct aviation beyond 100 kilometers. It is also stipulated that product development companies must fly prototypes for the first time before December 17, 2020, so that they can easily enter the post-event phase of the solution.
According to reports, Colonel Nathan Diller, the leader of the AgilityPrime Fusion Commodity Elite Team, expressed that the Royal Air Force expects to purchase a small number of "flying cars" by fiscal year 2023, in order to obtain the original operational capabilities.
In this scenario, the Royal Air Force expects the tested “flying car” to be used for a variety of operations, including the navigation ballistic missile launch well industrial base and its daily mission for rescue and logistics management.
But more importantly, the key to the Royal Air Force is that this type of "flying car" can open the sales market in the commercial service sales market. Alleviate the US Army ’s loss of the market for international drone sales.
However, in fact, although the Royal Air Force mainly showed a deep interest in AgilePrime, it did not apply for assets for the program in FY2021. The Royal Air Force now only plans to apply the previously allocated assets ($ 10 million in fiscal year 2019 and $ 25 million in fiscal year 2020) to invest in this new project, and the program announced in fiscal year 2022 that it will handle a large number of applications asset.