Spirit AeroSystems and Skyworks Aeronautics have announced a Memorandum of Understanding for the companies to pursue support for Skyworks defence and commercial platforms in the U.K and European marketplace.

Spirit’s Northern Ireland and Scotland operations will work collaboratively on detailed design activity to support Skyworks VertiJet – a vertical take-off and landing (VTOL), high-speed and long-range gyrodyne. This platform is capable of flying at projected speeds of up to 400 mph (644 km/h) – two to three times faster than current operating helicopters.

Growing its UK business

Sir Michael Ryan, Spirit Vice President for European Space and Defence, said the agreement with Skyworks continues Spirit’s commitment to grow its U.K. business.

“We will be applying our engineering and technology leadership in advanced materials and ultra-light structures to explore the design, testing and integration of lightweight and aerodynamically efficient technologies in support of Skyworks’ aircraft platforms, such as its VertiJet VTOL program for military and commercial use,” he said.

Skyworks Aeronautics is a world leader in the science and technology of gyronautics, focusing on the design and development of high -performance gyroplanes, using highly advanced technology and modern aerospace science, engineering, and design methods.

Skyworks Aeronautics has been developing manned and unmanned vertical lift gyroplane technologies for more than two decades.

World -class design

“Spirit AeroSystems is a prominent leader in the aerospace industry with world -class design and manufacturing capabilities,” said John E. Michel, Skyworks Aeronautics Co- Founder and Chief Executive Officer. “We cannot think of a better industry partner to help make the promise and potential of the VertiJet and other Skyworks-related platforms a tangible reality.”

Spirit AeroSystems is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of aerostructures for commercial airplanes, defense platforms, and business/regional jets. With expertise in aluminum and advanced composite manufacturing solutions, the company’s core products include fuselages, integrated wings and wing components, pylons, and nacelles.
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