This first payment is for a mobile flight simulator for the Air Force and Archer to train pilots and assess flight controls

Chuck Martin, Editorial Director AI & IoT

October 6, 2023

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Archer Aviation

Flying vehicle startup Archer Aviation has received the first $1 million as part of a $142 million deal with the U.S. Air Force.

The Air Force is working with Archer to assess the eVTOL (vertical takeoff and landing) vehicle market and technologies for Department of Defense purposes.

This first payment relates to a mobile flight simulator for the Air Force and Archer to train pilots and assess flight controls.

“Archer’s eVTOL technology can help maintain the United States’ position as a global leader in aviation,” said Adam Goldstein, Archer CEO and founder. “To see our historic contract with the U.S. Air Force move from signature to execution at a rapid pace is a reflection of the strong commitment that the U.S. Department of Defense has made to securing our country's future by investing in transformational technology.” 

Archer Aviation recently received a new round of funding of $215 million, bringing the total investment in its electric aerial vehicle (EAV) development to $1.1 billion.

That new funding came from investors including Boeing, United Airlines, Stellantis and Ark Investment Management.

The Archer electric aerial vehicle (EAV) is designed to carry 1,000 pounds with a low noise profile.

Archer’s overall agreement includes the delivery of six Archer Midnight aircraft to the Air Force, as an expansion of its partnership with the Department of Defense.

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Archer also is working with United Airlines and last year received a $10 million pre-delivery payment from United for 100 aircraft, according to the company.

Archer is not the only eVTOL maker working with the military.

For example, Joby Aviation is working with the U.S. Air Force on advanced aerial mobile technologies.

And aircraft electric charging stations are being installed at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida by Beta Technologies to service a coming test of electric flying vehicles there.

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Chuck Martin

Editorial Director AI & IoT

Chuck Martin, author of "Flying Vehicles," New York Times Business Bestselling author and futurist, is Editorial Director at Informa Tech, home of AI Business, IoT World Today and Enter Quantum. Martin has been a leader in emerging digital technologies for more than two decades. He is considered one of the foremost emerging technology experts in the world and his latest book title "Flying Vehicles" (The Emergence of Personal Air Travel, Flying Cars, and Air Taxis) followed "Digital Transformation 3.0" (The New Business-to-Consumer Connections of The Internet of Things).  He hosts a worldwide podcast titled “The Voices of the Internet of Things with Chuck Martin,” where he converses with top executives from the companies driving the adoption of emerging technology.

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