Archer’s eVTOL aircraft draws interest from US Marine Corps

USMC delegates with the Archer Aviation Midnight eVTOL aircraft.
Photo Credit: Archer Aviation

eVTOL aircraft developer Archer Aviation has showcased its new Midnight eVTOL aircraft to a delegation from the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) on August 4, 2023.

The visit by Marine Corps delegates follows Archer’s recent announcement of a landmark deal with the U.S. Air Force, valued at an impressive $142 million.

The visit by the USMC leadership underlines the rapidly growing interest in Archer’s Midnight aircraft across various segments of the U.S. military.

Archer’s Midnight eVTOL aircraft

With the successful completion of the manufacturing process for its inaugural Midnight aircraft, Archer has managed to capture the attention of Department of Defense personnel.

These experts acknowledge the extraordinary potential embedded within the Midnight aircraft due to its groundbreaking features.

This innovative aircraft boasts remarkable capabilities, including vertical takeoff and landing, a target payload capacity of around 1,000 pounds, a proprietary electric powertrain system, and an exceptionally low noise profile.

As a result, Archer’s aircraft holds the potential to trigger a paradigm shift in military aviation and operations.


Operational potential

Archer’s Midnight eVTOL aircraft are primed to revolutionize military operations by enhancing rapid response, agility, and operational effectiveness across a diverse array of mission profiles.

From transporting personnel and supporting logistics to executing rescue operations, the possibilities are extensive. The aircraft’s design and capabilities address critical challenges faced by traditional helicopters, offering a safer and quieter alternative.

Additionally, the Midnight aircraft’s cost-effectiveness in terms of transportation, operation, and maintenance in the field significantly strengthens its appeal to the U.S. military.

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

Endorsement of aircraft

Retired 2-Star General Clay Hutmacher, an esteemed member of Archer’s Government Services Advisory Board, expressed his enthusiasm for the Midnight eVTOL aircraft.

General Hutmacher, a decorated Army Special Operations Aviator with over 40 years of service, attests to the aircraft’s allure across all branches of the U.S. military.

He emphasizes the aircraft’s trifecta of virtues: low cost, low noise, and high safety. His extensive experience and leadership roles, including commanding at various levels within the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, add credibility to the endorsement.

Forging the future

Archer is steadfastly collaborating with its Government Services Advisory Board to establish deeper connections with U.S. government entities and public safety agencies across the nation.

The aim is to explore and capitalize on opportunities to integrate and commercialize its innovative eVTOL aircraft for a myriad of applications.

This concerted effort signifies Archer’s commitment to not only technological advancement but also to fostering collaboration between the private and public sectors, ultimately shaping the future of aviation.

About the Midnight eVTOL

Midnight is designed to be safe, sustainable, quiet and, with its expected payload of over 1,000 pounds, can carry four passengers plus a pilot.

Midnight has a range of up to 100 miles and can travel at speeds of up to 150 mph, but is optimized for back-to-back short distance trips of around 20-miles, with a charging time of approximately 10 minutes in between trips.

Archer is working to certify Midnight with the FAA in late 2024 and will then use it as part of its UAM network, which it plans to launch in 2025.

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