Boeing, Tactical Robotics sign agreement
Boeing and Tactical Robotics have signed an agreement to explore the development of ducted fan propulsion technology for piloted and autonomous light aircraft applications.
Under a joint working group, the two companies will seek opportunities for Fancraft –based VTOL products, including Tactical Robotics’ Cormorant aircraft.
Dennis Swanson, vice president, international sales, Boeing Global Sales and Marketing, said: ‘The relationship between Boeing and Israel goes back about 70 years, and during that period, Boeing has a long history of working in partnership with Israel’s technical and industrial sectors.
‘This MoU with Tactical Robotics builds on Boeing’s commitment to developing and investing in innovative technologies that lead to safe, reliable aircraft around the world.’
Aviation ducted fan technology uses a fan mounted in a cylindrical duct to produce thrust. The design enhances airflow velocity and pressure in comparison to an open rotor, and offers safety advantages over unshielded blades on traditional rotorcraft.
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