BAE Systems has made a multi-million dollar investment in a facility in the USA that develops and makes subsystems for electric aircraft.
The engineering development, manufacturing and laboratory space at its Endicott, New York site focuses on maturing energy storage, controls and power conversion systems for aviation applications.
Ehtisham Siddiqui, vice president and general manager of Controls and Avionics Solutions at BAE Systems said, “Our electrification investment is a great opportunity to develop and deliver important capabilities for an emerging travel ecosystem.
“The space gives our workforce the core manufacturing capabilities in controls and energy management systems to build on their expertise and innovate for the future of flight.”
BAE Systems employs more than 1,300 people in Endicott, New York. Within the facility, the project increases the space currently used for design, development, and testing of electric propulsion systems for buses and marine vessels and enhances the company’s manufacturing capabilities to enable the transition of those electric propulsion technologies to aircraft.
BAE Systems said that the investment will help address demands for new products in the aerospace industry and leverage manufacturing techniques and processes established over the course of the company’s 25 years creating similar solutions for transit buses and marine vessels.
The company is also working on aircraft integration and testing at Endicott and it plans to test aircraft propulsion systems in a similarly stringentt way as it does transit and marine systems.