Savback Helicopters signs LOI for 25 Mayman Aerospace Air Speeder Vehicles.
The Mayman Aerospace Air Speeder is a unique addition to the drone market – a fast, maneuverable cargo aircraft with heavy payload capabilities.
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Now, US-based manufacturer Mayman has announced that their Nordic sales and marketing partner, Savback Helicopters, has signed a Letter of Intent for 25 Speeders intended to support military customers in the Scandinavian region.
The deal is valued at US$45 million, based on list price. “The Speeder is an outstandingly versatile machine. We are proud to announce our intent to add this advanced technology to our existing portfolio,” says Michael Savback, chairman of Savback Helicopters. “This aircraft is well placed to satisfy the growing needs of our military forces for vehicles that can support contested logistics, casevac and cargo missions in minimal time with maximum reliability. The autonomously piloted Speeder reduces human risk and strengthens existing fleet proficiencies; it’s a winning formula all around.”
From the Mayman press release:
Comparable to a quadbike in size, the Speeder is being designed and modeled to lift 1000 lbs and fly 400 miles at over 500 mph in unpiloted cargo mode. The company is currently working closely with the FAA toward flight certification. Initial test flights will be remotely controlled, with piloted tests anticipated towards the end of Q4 2023. Faster and more powerful than electric drones and eVTOLs, smaller and dramatically less expensive than a helicopter and powered by regular, Zero Net Carbon or Sustainable Aviation Fuel ( SAF), Speeder AUV defines an entirely new class of aircraft. The modular designed technology enables economies of production scale over a very short timeline.
“This is a milestone moment for Speeder development as it demonstrates there is a real need for this disruptive, powerful technology. Michael Savback’s understanding of and vision for the operational potential of the aircraft highlights the game-changing capabilities of Speeder. We always planned to change how the world thinks about flying. The addition of Speeder AUVs to the Savback portfolio demonstrates that we have begun to achieve this goal,” says David Mayman, CEO and founder of Mayman Aerospace.
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