AIRO has aligned its business into four divisions offering advanced avionics, electric air mobility, uncrewed air systems, and training, with brands such as Aspen Avionics and Jaunt Air Mobility.
Financial highlights include $43 million estimated revenue in 2023 and $2.9 billion estimated revenue by year 7, $1.0 trillion total addressable market and 1,225 annual eVTOL production by 2030.
The pro-forma equity value of the combined company is expected to be approximately $847 million and Kernel Group Holdings signed an agreement for to $77 million committed backstop by Meteora Special Opportunity Fund I, Meteora Select Trading Opportunities Master, and Meteora Capital Partners, collectively known as Meteora.
The combined company will be renamed AIRO Group Inc and its common stock and warrants are expected to be listed on Nasdaq, under the symbols AIRO and AIROW respectively upon closing of the transaction.
Kernel Group Holdings (NASDAQ: KRNLU) is a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) formed for the purpose of effecting a merger, capital stock exchange, asset acquisition, stock purchase, or similar business combination.
AIRO executive chairman and co-founder Dr Chirinjeev Kathuria has founded and served as chairman on several publicly traded companies, and was the founding director of MirCorp, claimed to be the first commercial company to privately launch and fund manned space programs.
AIRO CEO and co-founder Captain Joe Burns, a thirty-five year aviation veteran, served as managing director of Flight Standards, managing director of Technology and Flight Test, and FAA Certificate director of operations at United Airlines.
He is currently on the US Executive Committee Advisory Board for Position, Navigation, and Timing, a NASA Special Government Employee, and has served in chairmanship roles in multiple national advisory boards.
AIRO president and chief operating officer John Uczekaj has over 40 years of experience in the aerospace industry. While at Honeywell, he was executive vice president and general manager of a $2 billion revenue aerospace electronics systems division. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Oregon State University and an MBA from City University, Seattle, Washington.
AIRO applications include communications, navigation, monitoring, flight-control system, AI, collision-avoidance systems, radar, and electro-optics. Areas of application include reconnaissance, attack, surveillance, inspection, weather analysis, and healthcare.
AIRO is leading with its Jaunt Journey aircraft and is working with Transport Canada towards certification under Chapter 529: Transport Category Rotorcraft. With nearly 300 flight hours and well over 1,000 takeoffs and landings, Jaunt Journey’s Slowed
Rotor Compound technology is claimed to be the safest and quietest eVTOL in certification.
Kathuria remarked: “The attractiveness of AIRO is based the strength of the brands and existing orders and contracts, a diversified portfolio that is supporting drone technologies in Ukraine, a training division that is participating in the $6.40 billion US DOD contract program to provide close air support, intelligence, reconnaissance, surveillance and adversary air training, and a management team with significant experience.”
Citibank and Cohen & Company Capital Markets are serving as lead capital markets advisors to Kernel, while Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP is serving as legal counsel to Kernel and PubCo.