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Hanwha Aerospace to supply Vertical Aerospace with tilt/blade pitch control systems

Hanwha Aerospace and Vertical Aerospace have signed an agreement to collaborate on the design, testing, manufacture, and supply of tilt and blade pitch control system for Vertical’s VX4 electric aircraft. Following the signing of a contract with Vertical last year for the development of EMA (Electro-Mechanical Actuation), Hanwha and Vertical expanded the scope of the agreement during the Seoul International Aerospace & Defense Exhibition (ADEX 2023).

According to a press release:

“Hanwha Aerospace and Vertical Aerospace signed an amendment to expand the partnership during the Seoul International Aerospace & Defense Exhibition (ADEX 2023). With the signing of the new agreement, Hanwha will now be responsible for all actuation systems of Vertical’s VX4 four-passenger air taxi. The development of actuation systems includes the design and mass production of the propeller tilt and pitch change mechanisms, which are critical to the performance of the VX4.

“The VX4 aircraft, which is being developed by Vertical Aerospace is a one pilot, four passenger aircraft, targeting Type Certification towards the end of 2026. Vertical Aerospace has secured more than 1,400 orders from global customers such as American Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, JAL, Avolon, and Bristow, as well as Korean mobility technology company Kakao Mobility.

“Beginning with the development of the EMA for Vertical, Hanwha expanded its partnership to include the design of a Blade Pitch Mechanism for Vertical’s second prototype air vehicle, and on that basis, it has expanded the scope of the joint development for the production air vehicle to include the blade pitch control system and the tilt system, both of which are inextricably linked to the development of the EMA.

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