Flying Car Developers Backed By US Air Force
FLYING CAR DEVELOPERS – The US Air Force gives support to developers of the future electric aviation technologies.
According to an article from Wired, the military’s interest in flying cars were previously questioned. However, this week, their interest became clearer.
The Air Force said it is seeking to work with developers to jump-start the eVTOL technology for both commercial and military use. In addition, they didn’t want the technology to migrate to China.
Although the Air Force is not offering direct funding or R&D support, it did offer to assist the aircraft through testing and certification.
From an Air Force perspective, there are these new flying things that are happening and we want to make sure that we are potentially a part of that—if it provides additional capability for our operators and the potential taxpayer savings
Will Roper, the Air Force’s assistant secretary for acquisition stated:
What we don’t want to have happen is the same thing that happened in the small drone migration to China.
The Pentagon didn’t take a proactive stance on it, and now most of that supply chain has moved to China. If we had realized that commercial trend and had shown that the Pentagon is willing to pay a higher price point, we probably could have kept part of the market here and not have to go through the security issues we do now when someone wants to use a foreign-made drone at some kind of Air Force or DOD event.
As per the article, the Airforce initially saw the potential for the aircraft for commercial use such as air taxi and cargo delivery. However, they also have more robust visions such as the aircraft used in combat or battlefield roles.
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