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Farnborough 2022:  Vertical Aerospace and Babcock International partner to explore new variants for the VX4

Vertical Aerospace, a global aerospace and technology company that is pioneering zero emissions aviation, today announces a partnership with Babcock International, the aerospace, defence and security company to explore new applications for its VX4 eVTOL aircraft.

“The VX4 has proven demand in the passenger transportation markets from established airline customers including Virgin Atlantic, aircraft lessors such as Avolon, and helicopter and tourism operators such as Bristow and Iberojet” reports the company and “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 aerial 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 piloted zero operating emissions four-passenger VX4, is projected to be capable of travelling distances over 100 miles, achieving top speeds of over 200mph, while producing minimal noise and having a low cost per passenger mile.

“The partnership will also see the two companies working on developing modular MRO capabilities to enable cost effective maintenance of the aircraft in both remote and challenging environments. The partnership will also see the two companies working on the development of modular MRO capabilities to maximise availability and enable cost effective maintenance of the VX4 in service. Leveraging Babcock’s experience in the defence industry, the partnership will also explore how the eVTOL concept may be expanded in the future to support the armed forces with medium range logistics delivery and casualty evacuation services.”

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