Archer Aviation receives first US Air Force payment

A US Air Force soldier stands in front of an Archer Aviation Midnight eVTOL aircraft.
Photo Credit: Archer Aviation

Electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft developer Archer Aviation has secured a first installment of nearly $1 million, from the U.S. Air Force as part of a landmark contract valued at up to $142 million.

This financial boost marks the beginning of a promising collaboration between Archer and the U.S. Air Force, signifying the realization of their shared vision for the future of vertical flight.

The initial payment Archer received is only the beginning of what promises to be a series of investments from the U.S. Air Force. This move underscores the transition from a mere signature on a contract to active execution.

Archer is actively engaged in the AFWERX Agility Prime program, a partnership that is set to revolutionize the vertical flight market and the application of eVTOL technologies within the Department of Defense (DoD).

Mobile Flight Simulator

This first installment is earmarked for a specific deliverable – a mobile flight simulator. This innovative simulator will be a collaborative tool for both the U.S. Air Force and Archer.

Its primary purpose is to train pilots, evaluate flight controls, and enhance the U.S. Air Force’s grasp of Archer’s eVTOL platform, designed primarily for civilian use.


Additionally, it opens the door to potential future developments for Air Force utilization. Beyond its military applications, this simulator will make appearances at significant public and industry events, bolstering public awareness and engagement with eVTOL technology.

The Archer Aviation Midnight prototype parked on the tarmac.
Photo Credit: Archer Aviation

Further Deliverables

While the flight simulator is the first milestone in this exciting partnership, there are several other Archer deliverables already in progress with the U.S. Air Force.

These include the exchange of wind tunnel testing reports, project-specific certification plans (PSCP’s), and Subject-Specific Certification Plans (SSCP’s).

Each of these components contributes to the overarching goal of advancing eVTOL technology within the military sector.

Archer Aviation’s CEO and founder, Adam Goldstein, spoke on the collaboration, stating, “Archer’s eVTOL technology can help maintain the United States’ position as a global leader in aviation.”

“To see our historic contract with the U.S. Air Force move from signature to execution at a rapid pace is a reflection of the strong commitment that the U.S. Department of Defense has made to securing our country’s future by investing in transformational technology.”

The Archer Aviation Midnight eVTOL aircraft on the tarmac.
Photo Credit: Archer Aviation

Archer Aviation Midnight Aircraft

Archer’s eVTOL technology, epitomized by the Midnight aircraft, carries substantial potential for revolutionizing military aviation.

With its vertical takeoff and landing capabilities, a target payload capacity of approximately 1,000 pounds, and a proprietary electric powertrain system, the Midnight aircraft presents a paradigm shift in military operations.

These aircraft offer the promise of heightened rapid response, increased agility, and improved operational effectiveness across a wide spectrum of mission profiles. This spans from personnel transport and logistics support to vital rescue operations and beyond.

Furthermore, Archer’s Midnight aircraft are poised to provide a significantly safer and quieter alternative to traditional helicopters.

Not only do they enhance operational efficiency, but they also prove to be more cost-effective for the U.S. military in terms of transportation, operation, and maintenance in the field.

Final Note

It’s essential to note that the views expressed in this article are those of Archer Aviation and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Department of the Air Force, the Department of Defense, or the U.S. government.

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