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Joby Extends Contract with U.S. Air Force

Joby Extends Contract with U.S. Air Force

Joby Aviation extended its contract with the United States Air Force for the third time, bringing the total contract value to USD$ 131 million.

The USD$55 million contract extension of its Agility Prime contract with the Air Force this time will see Joby deliver up to nine of its electric air taxis to the Air Force base.

The electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft manufacturer will deliver the first two aircraft to Edwards Air Force Base, California, by early 2024. Once delivered, the aircraft will become the first electric air taxis to be stationed at a U.S. military base.

The Agility Prime program is an Air Force initiative designed to accelerate the commercial operation for advanced air mobility (AAM) aircraft. The program provides funding and facility access to enable early flight testing and experimentation for eVTOL technology.

“The Agility Prime program is a remarkably successful example of how public-private partnerships can deliver trailblazing technology at speed,” said JoeBen Bevirt, Founder and CEO of Joby. “We’re grateful for the support of the program and for the U.S. government’s wider commitment to global leadership in this important new sector.

Joby’s relationship with the USAF began in 2020 when it was awarded a contract to develop and test its eVTOL aircraft for military use.

The next step of the program will see Joby teach Air Force pilots to operate the aircraft at an Air Force installation, providing key insights to actual operations and use case validation for AAM aircraft.

Days ago, four Air Force pilots operated Joby’s eVTOL aircraft via remote control from the ground after receiving classroom and simulator instruction at Joby’s manufacturing facility in Marina, California.

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