Airbus will also certify the Silent Arrow® GD-2000 1-ton precision cargo glider to operate from the Airbus A400M following a planned series of air drops in Europe
LOS ANGELES, Nov. 9, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Silent Arrow today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Airbus DS Airborne Solutions GmbH (Airbus), MEL Aviation Ltd and Yates Electrospace Corporation (dba Silent Arrow) to manufacture, distribute and support the Silent Arrow GD-2000 heavy cargo delivery UAS platform for European market segments to include:
- Public Sector, including humanitarian aid organizations
- Institutional Sector
- Military Sector, including the European Defence Agency
The agreement sets forth a three-way collaboration in the field of autonomous cargo delivery by bringing together the Silent Arrow airborne cargo delivery capability, MEL Aviation’s expertise in aerospace manufacturing and Airbus’ experience in unmanned aerial services to jointly serve the needs of European customers.
To facilitate the collaboration, Silent Arrow recently granted an exclusive license to MEL Aviation to manufacture the Silent Arrow GD-2000 and its spare parts for UK and EU markets in accordance with ISO AS9100 quality standards.
Airbus will then provide sales, marketing and after-sales support by leading the operational service model for Silent Arrow, to include:
- Adaptation of the Silent Arrow GD-2000 to meet national customer requirements
- Integrated Logistics Support
- Flight Mission Planning
- Refurbishment of Silent Arrows after deployment
“We are thrilled to take our collaboration with MEL Aviation to the next level with Airbus joining the team to build and lead the service business for Silent Arrow across Europe,” said Chip Yates, Silent Arrow’s Founder and CEO. “The Airbus A400M is the perfect platform for deploying numerous Silent Arrows in tactical resupply, electronic warfare or humanitarian and disaster relief operations and we look forward to achieving A400M certification as part of this exciting program.”
The Silent Arrow GD-2000 is the world’s first heavy payload, autonomous and attritable cargo delivery aircraft designed to carry 1,500 lbs. of cargo over 40 miles when deployed from cargo aircraft such as the Lockheed Martin C-130, Boeing C-17 and Airbus A400M.
About Silent Arrow®: The Silent Arrow® product line consists of three sizes of autonomous cargo delivery aircraft capable of carrying 350 to 1,500 pounds of emergency, disaster relief and humanitarian response supplies anywhere in the world on short notice. Silent Arrow’s engineering team has been awarded more than 20 patents, 6 Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) aircraft world records and 2 FAI Louis Bleriot medals for disruptive contributions to the aerospace industry. In 2021 Silent Arrow® was selected as a finalist for the Robert J. Collier Trophy as the “Greatest Achievement in Aeronautics or Astronautics in America,”. For more information visit http://www.Silent-Arrow.com.
SOURCE Yates Electrospace Corporation