Jaunt Air Mobility has awarded a $100 million+ electric air mobility programme to L&T Technology Services (LTTS) to set up an Engineering R&D Centre encompassing structural design, power electronics, flight control systems and manufacturing engineering.

As part of the contract, LTTS, a global leading pure-play engineering services company, will open an Engineering and R&D Centre in Canada’s Québec Province for the next-generation electric aircraft manufacturer to provide engineering services for the Jaunt Journey eVTOL air taxi.

Amit Chadha, Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, L&T Technology Services, commented, “This deal is a milestone for team LTTS in view of the tremendous opportunities opening up in UAM and drone services which are emerging as alternatives to the increasingly congested on-ground mobility in cities.

“LTTS has a track record of developing high-performance engineering solutions for global Aerospace and Defense for over a decade and has supported critical defense programs in the past. We believe this program will set the benchmark for future UAM projects and our team is excited to build on this important engagement with Jaunt, with the eventual aim to make urban commuting safer, greener, efficient and reliable”.

Under the purview of Jaunt’s Urban Air Mobility business focus, LTTS will offer global engineering services to support and build the Jaunt Journey. 

Collectively these will encompass technology areas such as power distribution system, air data management, cockpit display system, flight control system, battery management, electrification, power electronics, structural design, stress analysis, testing, certification, and manufacturing engineering. 

Eric Côté, President, Jaunt Air Mobility Canada, said: “The proposed Green Aerospace strategy created by federal and provincial governments makes it a perfect match for LTTS and Jaunt to offer end-to-end engineering support in structural design analysis and certification to develop the Jaunt Journey all-electric VTOL aircraft. LTTS has a history of working in Canada and can appreciate the potential behind this favourable environment.”

Earlier this month, Jaunt Air Mobility announced that Calin Rovinescu, Air Canada’s recently retired President and Chief Executive Officer, and Mitch Garber, a global technology and growth capital investor, added their names as investors and advisors

Back in February, Avports signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Jaunt Air Mobility to join its Access Skyways infrastructure alliance and support the integration of eVTOL aircraft with airports and the aviation ecosystem.

This partnership builds on Avports’ ongoing efforts to transition to a carbon-neutral operating environment. It is described as the most experienced American-owned and based airport manager and operator, with more than 650 employees and a 94-year track record.

Jaunt Air Mobility is developing an eVTOL aircraft that uses Slow-Rotor Compound technology, which fuses flight capabilities of a helicopter and a fixed-wing airplane, saying it enables safe, fast urban air commuting with a range of between 80 and 100 miles, carrying a pilot and four passengers. In March, the company became a wholly owned subsidiary of AIRO Group Holdings, Inc. (The AIRO Group). 

At the start of the year, Jaunt Air Mobility signed a Letter of Intent with on-demand aviation company, Flapper, to provide up to 25 of its Jaunt Journey eVTOL aircraft for use in Latin American markets to help usher in a new era of transportation in the region, in cities such as Bogota, Mexico City, São Paulo, Santiago and Rio de Janeiro.

Martin Peryea, CEO & CTO, Jaunt, added: “At Jaunt, our vision is to usher in a range of new-age aircraft-driven urban commuting that is fast, safe, and convenient. This new clean, sustainable aircraft will reduce carbon emissions worldwide. Strategically, we are continuing to grow our Tier 1 partnerships and recognise LTTS as a best-fit engineering partner, and together we are confident of pushing the mass-scale commercialisation.”