Carbon-fiber Hoverbike being developed for U.S. Department of Defense

Developers Malloy Aeronautics claim the Hoverbike is built to do many of the jobs that a helicopter currently does.

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Survice Engineering Co., a Belcamp, MD-based defense firm, and U.K.-based Malloy Aeronautics have teamed up on the development of Hoverbike technology for the U.S. Department of Defense. Survice and Malloy are working on the initial carbon fiber and foam prototype as part of an ongoing research and development contract with the U.S. Army Research Laboratory. The Hoverbike is being developed to operate as a new class of Tactical Reconnaissance Vehicle (TRV).

"When compared with a helicopter, the Hoverbike is cheaper, more rugged and easier to use – and represents a whole new way to fly," said Malloy Aeronautics. "The Hoverbike flies like a quadcopter, and can be flown unmanned or manned, while being a safe – low level aerial workhorse with low on-going maintenance."

As part of this strategic alliance, Malloy Aeronautics has also announced that they have established a U.S. office in Belcamp adjacent to Aberdeen Proving Ground to complete work on the Hoverbike.

“Establishing an office in Maryland was a clear business decision,” said Chris Malloy, managing director of Malloy Aeronautics. “The proximity to the Army Research Laboratory and U.S. defense decision makers, access to the world-class facilities through the laboratory’s Open Campus initiative, and the co-location with our strategic business partner, Survice Engineering, were all factors in favor of Maryland as the best choice for Malloy Aeronautics.”