Hybrid Air Vehicles Ltd signed a memorandum of understanding in London Tuesday with Vertex Aerospace LLC to deliver missionized Airlander 10 aircraft to the U.S. Department of Defense.
The two organizations will partner together to provide joint proposals to the DoD for fully configured Airlander 10 aircraft.
Vertex’s Aircraft Integration & Sustainment division in Crestview, Florida, will work with Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV) to missionize the revolutionary aircraft that provides persistent multi-domain intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, computing and communication capabilities. The Airlander 10 offers these capabilities to meet the challenges of multi-domain operations and a range of special missions.
“Together, Vertex Aerospace and HAV will provide our customers affordable aircraft optimized for long-endurance with a missionized configuration able to synchronize capabilities across all domains,” said Ed Boyington, Vertex Aerospace president and CEO. “This partnership allows us to support our U.S. armed forces as they move toward joint, multi-domain operations to combat the ambiguity of hybrid warfare.”
HAV, a British aerospace company, is the world leader in hybrid aircraft technology. Airlander 10 provides a versatile and innovative solution to many of the challenges facing aviation today. HAV’s Chief Executive Tom Grundy said this week at the Defence & Security Equipment International event in London that the two companies share a commitment to delivering affordable, high-quality products that respond to ever-changing mission requirements.