Safran Signs MoU with Ur­ban Aero­nau­tics

India Strategic - - INDUSTRY -

BORDES, FRANCE. Safran He­li­copter En­gines has signed a Mem­o­ran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing with Ur­ban Aero­nau­tics to study new mar­ket op­por­tu­ni­ties and ad­dress power sys­tem so­lu­tions to sup­port the de­vel­op­ment of an en­tirely new plat­form fam­ily of in­ter­nal ro­tor air­craft. The Cor­morant (for­merly AirMule) UAV demon­stra­tor is al­ready fly­ing pow­ered by an Ar­riel 1D driv­ing two ducted-fans.

Un­der the agree­ment, Safran and Ur­ban Aero­nau­tics in­tend to pur­sue their co­op­er­a­tion through pre-se­ries and pro­duc­tion phases of full scale new ver­ti­cal-lift manned or un­manned ve­hi­cles, es­pe­cially those in­tended for use in ur­ban en­vi­ron­ments in the air-taxi, mede­vac and trans­port roles.

Safran will also bring its tech­ni­cal and in­dus­trial ex­per­tise to bear in the de­vel­op­ment of the Cor­morant. It made its maiden flight in 2010. Safran and Ur­ban Aero­nau­tics will also dis­cuss new de­vel­op­ments in­volv­ing more pow­er­ful en­gines.

Maxime Farib­ault, Ex­ec­u­tive Vi­cePres­i­dent OEM Sales, said: “We value the trust that Ur­ban Aero­nau­tics has placed in us. To­gether we will study new di­rec­tions for the ver­ti­cal-lift mar­ket and in­ves­ti­gate the ben­e­fits and the fea­si­bil­ity of new air­craft con­cepts, par­tic­u­larly those us­ing dis­trib­uted propul­sion.”

Rafi Yoeli, founder and CEO of Ur­ban Aero­nau­tics, said: “Part­ner­ing with a ma­jor aerospace com­pany like Safran will bring valu­able ex­per­tise and help Ur­ban Aero­nau­tics move from the pro­to­type to the pro­duc­tion phase”.

The Cor­morant (for­merly AirMule) UAV demon­stra­tor

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