BAE and Pipistrel to develop electric aircraft

British manufacturer BAE Systems and Pipistrel Aircraft are to collaborate on the development of an electric aircraft.

An announcement this week said the two companies will BAE Systems will explore the development of light-weight sustainable aircraft. BAE will apply its expertise in advanced military aircraft while Pipistrel brings its knowledge of electrically powered aircraft.

Ian Muldowney, Chief Operating Officer, BAE Systems Air, said, “We’re excited to be working with Pipistrel as a well-known leader in the light aircraft space, specialising in electric power. This is an opportunity to help evolve the range of products and services we can offer to our customers who are responding to rapidly changing defence and security priorities.

“While operational capability will always be the priority in defence, we know that solutions that are sympathetic to the environment are becoming increasingly important and our collaboration with Pipistrel presents a fantastic opportunity to leverage our joint expertise.”

Pipistrel Velis Electro

Top photo appears to be a “Photoshopped” standard Pipistrel Velis Electro, seen above in regular livery. Images: BAE and Pipistrel

Ivo Boscarol, founder and CEO of Pipistrel Aircraft, added, “To address climate change, an unprecedented application of zero-emission technologies is necessary, especially in aviation.

“We welcome BAE Systems’ initiative to embrace cutting edge and type-certified electric propulsion technologies that are already deployed in our Velis Electro.”

Few facts have been revealed so far. When FLYER asked, a BAE spokesman said it was only releasing what is in the announcement.

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