BAE Systems and Embraer Defense & Security are set to begin a joint study on the development of a defence variant of the Eve’s electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) vehicle.

Under the study, the partners will focus on the potential wide range of applications for the Eve eVTOL aircraft in the defence and security market.

BAE Systems’ Air sector engineering team in the UK will work alongside the Embraer team in Brazil during the study.

BAE Systems Air sector COO Ian Muldowney said: “Bringing together Embraer’s innovative technology in the commercial sector with our extensive defence engineering and systems integration experience will help us to accelerate the pace of new innovations.

“This joint study is a great example of how we’re delivering against our commitment to collaborate to explore new and sustainable technologies for our customers.”

The study will evaluate how the defence variant can provide sustainable, cost, and adaptable capability.

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Some of the applications that will be explored for the variant include surveillance and reconnaissance, and personnel transportation, as well as disaster relief and humanitarian response.

According to BAE, Eve’s eVTOL is expected to conduct defence operations at reduced cost compared to the existing platforms and lower environmental impact.

Embraer Defense & Security president and CEO Jackson Schneider said: “This collaboration with one of the leading defence companies in the world on this exciting and game-changing technology is in line with our goal to establish strategic partnerships.

“We look forward to exploring more ways our two organisations can work together and benefit from those rich experiences and reputations.

“The collaboration allows us to tap into talent from across the globe in our shared interest to develop innovative and sustainable solutions for the skies.”