Swedish company European Medical Drone has partnered with Swiss eVTOL developer Dufour Aerospace. The collaboration entails a purchase agreement for 11 Aero2 tilt-wing aircraft, specialized for drone operations. One prototype, the Aero2 X2.3, is slated for delivery in 2024, followed by ten more Aero2 aircraft to be delivered from 2026 onwards. Assisting in this deal is Savback Helicopters, a Swedish helicopter vendor aligned with Dufour Aerospace.
European Medical Drone's objective is to bridge the gap between hospitals by enabling drone transportation of crucial resources. The company's system lets hospitals order and receive important items, such as medicine, blood, and medical tools. As the primary aim is to connect distant hospitals, there's a need for drones that can cover long distances, carry substantial weight, and prioritize safety. The Aero2 aircraft by Dufour Aerospace fits this description. Martin Braaen, European Medical Drone’s Founder, mentioned that this partnership moves them closer to offering rapid, automated transportation for hospitals, especially in expansive regions like Sweden.
Thomas Pfammatter, the CEO and Co-founder of Dufour Aerospace, emphasized the alignment of visions between the two companies. Dufour's Aero2 drone is designed for long-distance critical cargo delivery, which aligns with European Medical Drone's mission. He expressed his company's eagerness to contribute to the creation of a health care logistics network.
Adding to the conversation, Michael Savbäck, the CEO of Savback Helicopters, highlighted their role as the exclusive sales agent for Dufour Aerospace in the Nordics. He underscored the versatility of the Aero2 drone, suggesting its applicability across various aviation tasks, from medical logistics to law enforcement.
As part of the collaboration, the companies will focus on introducing the Aero2 drones between hospitals in Sweden. The partnership will involve drafting operational plans, submitting required paperwork to authorities, and running test operations to gauge the drones' capabilities and restrictions.