Archer Aviation and US Air Force enter contracts worth up to $142 million

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

Archer Aviation, a leading electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft developer, has made headlines with its significant expansion of partnership with the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD).

The company recently signed new contracts with the U.S. Air Force, valued at up to $142 million. This latest development highlights the DoD’s recognition of Archer’s innovative eVTOL aircraft and their transformative potential for the country’s Armed Forces.

New phase of partnership


The latest contracts further solidify the collaboration between Archer Aviation and the U.S. Air Force. As part of this new execution phase, Archer will deliver up to six of its new Midnight eVTOL aircraft to the Air Force.

The partnership also involves the sharing of additional flight test data and certification-related test reports, comprehensive pilot training, and the establishment of maintenance and repair operations.

These contracts aim to equip the U.S. military with advanced capabilities that will strengthen national defense.

Archer Aviation association with DoD


Archer Aviation’s association with the DoD dates back to 2021 when they joined forces through the U.S. Air Force’s AFWERX program. The primary objective was to assess the transformative potential of eVTOL technologies and their applications for the Department of Defense.

Over the years, Archer has worked diligently, culminating in the successful manufacturing of its first Midnight aircraft.

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The U.S. Department of Defense acknowledges the game-changing features of Archer’s Midnight aircraft.

With their vertical takeoff and landing capabilities, a target payload of approximately 1,000 pounds, proprietary electric powertrain system, and low noise profile, these eVTOL aircraft represent a paradigm shift in military aviation and operations.

The potential benefits are immense, enhancing rapid response, agility, and operational effectiveness across various mission profiles, including personnel transport, logistics support, and rescue operations.

Safer, quieter, and cost-effective


One of the key advantages of Archer’s Midnight aircraft is their ability to offer a safer and quieter alternative to traditional helicopters. Moreover, they prove to be more cost-effective for the U.S. military to transport, operate, and maintain in the field.

These benefits not only have the potential to improve the efficiency of military operations but also to reduce the impact on surrounding environments and communities.

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

Archer’s founder and CEO, Adam Goldstein, emphasizes the importance of this historic agreement, demonstrating the Armed Forces’ commitment to embracing leading-edge technology.

The partnership aims to integrate Midnight aircraft into the operational fleet of the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Air Force, with a primary focus on transport, logistics, and rescue operations.

Third revolution in aerospace


Colonel Tom Meagher, the lead for AFWERX Agility Prime programs, asserts the significance of eVTOL aircraft, saying: “eVTOL aircraft represent the cusp of the third revolution in aerospace, and these aircraft and their descendants will drive advances in capabilities and efficiency.”

He believes that Archer Aviation’s contracts with the U.S. Department of Defense and U.S. Air Force provide a unique opportunity to unlock the many benefits these aircraft offer the military.

By taking an active role from the onset, the U.S. aims to maintain its position at the forefront of technological innovation.

Retired 4-Star General and Archer Government Services Advisory Board member, Steve Townsend, expresses his enthusiasm for this agreement and its potential impact on the capabilities of the Armed Forces.

He commends the visionary leadership at the DoD and Archer’s dedication to pushing the boundaries of aviation technology.

The partnership represents a commitment to advancing aerospace technology and maintaining the nation’s leadership in this domain.

Engaging with U.S. Government and Public Safety Agencies


In line with its commitment to collaboration, Archer Aviation formed the Government Services Advisory Board in May.

The board facilitates Archer’s direct engagement with appropriate government agencies and officials, exploring opportunities to commercialize eVTOL aircraft.

The advisory board includes distinguished members, such as Retired 3-star Lieutenant General David A. Krumm, Retired 3-star Vice Admiral Ron Boxall, Retired 2-star General Clayton M. Hutmacher, Retired 2-star General Bill Gayler, and Retired Chief Warrant Officer 4 Michael J. Durant.

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