Cincinnati, Ohio-based Workhorse Group Inc. has entered into a cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) with a branch of the U.S. military. The CRADA will enable a collaborative research and development program focused on military applications of the Workhorse's SureFly electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) personal air vehicle.
"This CRADA will enable Workhorse to validate and test real-time use cases of the SureFly and related designs, including potential applications for the U.S. military," said Steve Burns, CEO of Workhorse. "We are excited about the commercial applications for SureFly and now expanding the potential use cases to help our troops is doubly gratifying."
The Surefly is a two-place hybrid eVTOL multi-copter aircraft developed by Workhorse in Loveland, Ohio. It is designed to carry about 550 lb of payload approximately 70 miles, at a speed of about 70mph, day or night. It has been designed to create a new type of aircraft that is easy to operate, safe to fly, and is moderately priced relative to a conventional helicopter.