Valkyrie Systems Aerospace selected for AFWERX HSVTOL design phase – sUAS News


AFWERX identified Valkyrie Systems Aerospace (VSA), a leading developer of manned / unmanned aerial platforms, is one of the companies selected to advance in the AFWERX HSVTOL (High-Speed ​​Vertical and Take-Off Landing) concept challenge. This competition, which began in April 2021, is in partnership with the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) and seeks design ideas for cutting edge High Speed ​​Vertical Takeoff and Landing (HSVTOL) concepts. .

All submitted concepts had to support four critical mission profiles that require agile mobility:

• Infiltration and exfiltration of Special Operations Forces (SOF) and equipment

• Personnel recovery (RP)

• Aeromedical evacuation (EA)

• Tactical mobility (TM)

“We are very proud to have been selected to advance in this AFWERX HSVTOL challenge. Being selected only strengthens our confidence in the design and HoverJet capabilities of our aircraft. Whether it is military or commercial applications, VSA continues to push the boundaries in terms of HSVTOL vehicles, ”said Glenn Dawson, Founder / CEO of Valkyrie Systems Aerospace.

Steve Tafoya, Managing Partner of Valkyrie Systems Aerospace, summarized the following steps: The research needed to deliver a conceptual design that meets their needs and meets the competition.

“There are so many positives to working with AFWERX as well as with the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM),” said Dawson.

Whether it’s working together to create products that can have a positive impact on our military by helping to create a more resilient and mission-ready military force or the opportunity for VSA to receive funding for concept development. as well as the opportunity to forge commercial partnerships with the Air Force or other US government agencies, we are grateful for the opportunity to move forward in this competition.

Established in 2017 by former Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson, AFWERX is an innovative arm of the Department of the Air Force supporting both the US Air Force and the US Space Force. Fueled by the Air Force Research Lab, AFWERX supports the transition of agile, affordable and accelerated capabilities by pairing innovative solution providers with aviator and guard talent.

VSA’s HoverJets, optional unmanned / piloted aircraft, support multiple global missions that include multi-domain operations resupply missions, civilian and battlefield medical evacuations, personnel extraction and ‘equipment, real-time situational awareness and threat detection, recovery of downed communication systems, firefighting and much more.


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