Photo Caption: From L to R Abdulla Naser Al Jaabari, Managing Director and CEO of SDF with David Mayman, Founder & CEO of Mayman Aerospace.

The Strategic Development Fund, the investment arm of UAE’s Tawazun, is investing $3 million through its venture capital programme in Mayman Aerospace, the US-based manufacturer of the dual-use Speeder Air Utility Vehicle (AUV).

As part of SDF’s strategy to invest in dual-use technologies serving both defence and civilian sectors, SDF recognises Speeder’s transformative capability as an entirely new class of high-performance VTOL aircraft. Speeder delivers a previously impossible combination of compact size, speed, payload, and range performance by means of vectored thrust from its gimbaled turbine engines. Such high performance is possible thanks to the energy density of jet fuel, including sustainable aviation fuel. The funds will be used to continue the Speeder flight test program and progress the aircraft towards certification.

Unique competence

“We recognise that Mayman Aerospace has demonstrated unique competence in this highly complex engineering. SDF believes Speeder will deliver valuable, practical applications for defence forces in the very near future. The optimisation of Speeder’s existing propulsion control system, which can be adapted to future technologies, combined with its flexible operating capabilities influenced our decision to invest,” said Mohamed Musabah Al Mazrouei, director – Investments and Portfolio Management.

David Mayman, CEO and founder Mayman Aerospace, added: “Speeder’s potential to support multiple military applications is unparalleled and with the new investment we can transition our high-speed VTOL aircraft from flight test to robust commercialisation. The possibilities are limitless, and we are delighted that SDF understands the incredible potential. We look forward to working with them to advance the new era of aviation for the military, civil and commercial sectors.”
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