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BAE Systems, Heart Aerospace to Collaborate on ES-30 Battery System

BAE Systems, Heart Aerospace to Collaborate on ES-30 Battery System

UK aerospace firm BAE Systems and Sweden’s Heart Aerospace will collaborate to define the battery system for Heart’s ES-30 electric conventional takeoff and landing (eCTOL) aircraft.

The battery will be the first of its kind to be used in an eCTOL regional airplane, and allow it to fly quietly with zero emissions.

BAE Systems has over 25 years of experience in electrifying heavy-duty industrial vehicles. This, according to Sofia Graflund, Chief Operating Officer at Heart Aerospace, makes them the perfect partner to work with on the ES-30.

“BAE Systems’ extensive experience in developing batteries for heavy-duty ground applications, and their experience in developing safety critical control systems for aerospace, make them an ideal partner in this important next step for the ES-30 and for the aviation industry,” she said. “We look forward to decarbonizing air travel together.”

Ehtisham Siddiqui, Vice President and General Manager of Controls and Avionics Solutions at BAE Systems, is thrilled about the project and is confident of delivering a battery system that revolutionizes the aviation sector.

“Our industry-leading solution builds on decades of expertise delivering technologies and systems needed to progress sustainable transportation,” he said. “We are delighted to collaborate with Heart Aerospace on the innovative battery system for its electric airplane.”

Heart already has 230 orders and 100 options for the ES-30, while holding letters of intent for another 108 aircraft.

The ES-30 will be powered by four electric motors and have an all-electric range of 200 km. It will also possess an extended reserve hybrid range of 400 km while carrying 30 passengers or travel up to 800 km with 25 passengers on board.

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