LONDON & NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Vertical Aerospace (Vertical) [NYSE: EVTL]a global aerospace and technology company pioneering zero-emission aviation, today announces a partnership with Babcock International (Babcock) [LON: BAB]the aerospace, defense and security company to explore new applications for its VX4 eVTOL aircraft.
The VX4 has a proven track record in passenger markets with established airline customers including Virgin Atlantic, aircraft lessors such as Avolon, and helicopter and touring operators such as Bristow and Iberojet. With today’s announcement, Vertical and Babcock will set up a Joint Working Group (JWG) to explore how to use the VX4 in new applications such as airborne EMS and cargo transportation. The VX4 has the potential to transform these types of operations and reduce their carbon impact at a lower overall cost.
The zero-emissions piloted four-passenger VX4 is expected to be able to travel distances of over 100 miles, reach top speeds of over 200 mph, while producing minimal noise and having a low cost per passenger mile.
Babcock has over thirty-five years of EMS experience, flying thousands of missions each year around the world, and is the largest single operator providing Helicopter Emergency Services (HEMS) in the UK. By reducing medical response time, Babcock not only saves lives, but also significantly minimizes the long-term effects of injury. This will include examining how to use the VX4 in vital services such as accident management and emergency transport between hospitals.
The partnership will also see the two companies work on developing modular MRO capabilities to enable cost-effective maintenance of the aircraft in remote and harsh environments. The partnership will also see the two companies work on developing modular MRO capabilities to maximize uptime and enable cost-effective maintenance of the VX4 in service. Leveraging Babcock’s experience in the defense industry, the partnership will also explore how the eVTOL concept can be extended in the future to support armed forces with medium-range logistics delivery and evacuation services. wounded.
Stephen Fitzpatrick, Founder and CEO, Vertical Aerospacesaid “Climate change is the greatest challenge of our time. As in all other fields, the emergency services and logistics sectors must react and adapt. I am delighted that Vertical Aerospace can support Babcock, a trusted provider of emergency response services, in its efforts to decarbonize its operations.
Phil Craig, Managing Director of British Aviation at Babcockadded: “Partnering with Vertical Aerospace not only allows us to leverage our extensive digital and data expertise across Babcock, but also our reputation as a trusted MRO provider with a highly skilled workforce. As a business, we we are committed to reducing our carbon footprint and this partnership is an exciting step into the world of electric aircraft.Exploring the technological capabilities of the VX4 allows us to understand how it can be used to provide critical care and logistics support in environments difficult with zero emissions.
About Vertical Aerospace
Vertical Aerospace is a pioneer in electric aviation. The company was founded in 2016 by Stephen Fitzpatrick, an established entrepreneur best known as the founder of OVO Group, a leading energy and technology group and Europe’s largest independent energy retailer. Over the past five years, Vertical has focused on building the most experienced and experienced team in the eVTOL industry, which has over 1,700 combined years of engineering experience, and has certified and supported over 30 different civil and military aircraft and propulsion systems.
Vertical’s premium partner ecosystem is expected to reduce operational execution risks and its path to certification enables a lean cost structure and enables large-scale production. Vertical has a market-leading pre-order backlog in value for over 1,400 aircraft from global customers, creating multiple potential short-term, actionable routes to market. Clients include American Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Avolon, Bristow, Marubeni, Iberojet and FLYINGGROUP, as well as Japan Airlines (JAL), Gol, Air Greenland, Gozen Holding and AirAsia, through Avolon’s VX4 placements.
Vertical’s common stock and warrants began trading on the NYSE in December 2021 under the symbols “EVTL” and “EVTLW”, respectively.
About the VX4 eVTOL Aircraft
The zero-emissions piloted four-passenger VX4 is expected to be able to travel distances of over 100 miles, reach top speeds of over 200 mph, while producing minimal noise and with a low cost per passenger mile . The VX4 is expected to open up advanced air mobility to a whole new range of passengers and transform the way we travel. Learn more: vertical-aerospace.com
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Babcock is an international aerospace, defense and security company, with a leading naval business, providing value added services in many countries including the UK, France, Canada, Australia and South Africa. We help our customers in the UK and around the world improve the capacity, reliability and availability of their most critical assets.
With over 35 years of airborne emergency medical services (EMS) experience, the latest fleet and equipment, the best trained personnel and medical bases in all our countries of operation, Babcock benefits from the trust of its customers, including national ones. and regional government agencies and charities, to provide these vital services.
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