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    NEWS | Tactical Robotics AirMule / Cormorant

    Boeing Seeks Israel’ Ducted Fan Rotor Technology

    Boeing in partnership with Israel’ Tactical Robotics for development of ducted fan propulsion technology for both piloted and autonomous light aircraft

    * The agreement between Boeing and Urban Aeronautics' subsidiary Tactical Robotics Ltd allows for mutual exploration of Autonomous Unmanned VTOL aircraft based on Tactical Robotics' unique Fancraft technology.


    Boeing Seeks Israel’ Ducted Fan Rotor Technology

    Boeing, January 22, 2020 - TEL AVIV, Israel – Boeing [NYSE: BA] has signed an agreement with Israel-based Tactical Robotics to explore development of a ducted fan propulsion technology with potential uses for piloted and autonomous light aircraft.

    Through a joint working group, the two companies will determine what opportunities may exist in developing, producing and marketing Fancraft –based vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) products including Cormorant.

    Due to its compact, Humvee-sized footprint, Cormorant can conduct emergency response missions such as delivering food, water and supplies during natural disasters or in combat environments. It can also carry up to four patients for medical evacuations.

    "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,” said Dennis D. Swanson, vice president, International Sales, Boeing Global Sales and Marketing. “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.”

    Rafi Yoeli, CEO of Tactical Robotics’ parent company Urban Aeronautics said, “Cormorant represents the first in a family of vertical takeoff and landing aircraft that can fly and land where no other aircraft can. We can think of no better partner than Boeing to help us develop this product and utilize the Fancraft technology to its full potential.”

    Aviation ducted fan technology uses a fan mounted in a cylindrical duct to produce thrust. This arrangement can efficiently enhance airflow velocity and pressure when compared to an open rotor. There are also notional safety advantages to the technology when compared to unshielded blades on traditional rotorcraft. Fancraft technology improves stability, payload, speed and endurance when compared to conventional ducted fan configurations.

    About Tactical Robotics: Tactical Robotics Ltd. (“TRL”) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Urban Aeronautics Ltd. TRL was formed in order to focus on the development of Air Vehicle configurations based on a license from UA for the unmanned military and homeland security markets. TRL has taken the lead in the development of the "Cormorant" (formerly AirMule) — an advanced and patented VTOL Unmanned Air Vehicle.

    Urban Aeronautics Ltd. (UrbanAero) was founded and is headed by Dr. Rafi Yoeli. UrbanAero has established an early lead in developing a compact VTOL vehicle with no exposed rotors that is tailored to meet FAA requirements for powered lift vehicles and also capable of flying and operating inside complex urban and natural environments.

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