Potential Defense Variants for Eve eVTOL Aircraft

A joint study between BAE Systems and Embraer Defense & Security will look at how the aircraft could provide cost-effective, sustainable and adaptable capability as a defense variant By DA Staff / 23 Dec 2021
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BAE Systems and Embraer Defense & Security will explore the development of the Eve electric Vertical Take Off and Landing (eVTOL) vehicle for the defense and security market.

The joint study builds on Eve’s development for the urban air mobility market and will look at how the aircraft could provide cost-effective, sustainable and adaptable capability as a defense variant.  

BAE Systems’ Air sector engineering team in the U.K. will work together with the Embraer Defense & Security team, based in São José dos Campos, Brazil, to explore how a defense variant could be used for a range of applications such as personnel transportation, surveillance and reconnaissance, disaster relief and humanitarian response.

The Eve eVTOL could help to transform defense operations whilst reducing environmental impact – at a much lower operating cost than today’s platforms.

“This collaboration with one of the leading defense companies in the world on this exciting and game-changing technology is in line with our goal to establish strategic partnerships,” said Jackson Schneider, president and CEO, Embraer Defense & Security. “We look forward to exploring more ways our two organizations can work together and benefit from those rich experiences and reputations. The collaboration allows us to tap into talent from across the globe in our shared interest to develop innovative and sustainable solutions for the skies.” 

Ian Muldowney, Chief Operating Officer, BAE Systems Air sector, added, “Bringing together Embraer’s innovative technology in the commercial sector with our extensive defense engineering and systems integration experience will help us to accelerate the pace of new innovations. This joint study is a great example of how we’re delivering against our commitment to collaborate to explore new and sustainable technologies for our customers.” 

The all-electric aircraft is part of Embraer’s commitment towards more sustainable aviation and has come out of Eve, an independent company dedicated to accelerating the global Urban Air Mobility (UAM) ecosystem. The joint study directly supports BAE Systems’ strategy to accelerate sustainable technology development through increased investment in research and development, as well as working with industry partners, SMEs and academia.

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