BAE, Pipistrel to Develop Lightweight, ‘Sustainable’ Aircraft

BAE Systems has announced a collaboration with Slovenian aerospace firm Pipistrel to explore the development of a lightweight, sustainable aircraft.

An expert in developing advanced military vehicles, BAE will leverage Pipistrel’s “leading position” in producing electrically powered aircraft to reduce the carbon emissions of military planes.

The company explained that an all-electric aircraft is not just environmentally friendly but significantly reduces operational and maintenance costs.

BAE Systems chief operating officer Ian Muldowney said it is crucial to develop military solutions that are “sympathetic” to the environment rather than just focusing on operational capabilities.

He further stated that the new partnership serves as an opportunity to evolve their products and services to keep up with rapidly changing defense and security priorities.

“We’re excited to be working with Pipistrel as a well-known leader in the light aircraft space, specializing in electric power,” Muldowney stated. “Our collaboration with Pipistrel presents a fantastic opportunity to leverage our joint expertise.”

Accelerating Sustainable Tech Development

BAE Systems said that its collaboration with Pipistrel is its latest commitment to developing sustainable aviation.

The company pointed out that developing sustainable solutions to address evolving threats includes vehicle electrification, increased use of synthetics, and other green energy sources.

For Pipistrel chief executive officer Ivo Boscarol, there must be an “unprecedented application” of zero-emission aviation technologies in the military to address climate change.

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

“As we look into the future, we are excited about this collaboration, bringing enhanced potential for an even greater product.”

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