Spirit promotes VTOLs in UK

Spirit AeroSystems and Skyworks Aeronautics have formed a memorandum of understanding to develop the latter’s defence and commercial products in the UK and mainland Europe.

Plans are for Spirit to help design and test Skyworks VertiJet, a vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) vehicle that uses rotors for take off and landing. According to the companies, the aircraft could flying at speeds of up to 400 mph (644 km/h), two to three times faster than current operating helicopters.

“We will be applying our engineering and technology leadership in advanced materials and ultra-light structures to explore the design, testing and integration of lightweight and aerodynamically efficient technologies in support of Skyworks’ aircraft platforms, such as its VertiJet VTOL program for military and commercial use,” said Sir Michael Ryan, Spirit vice president.