The Swiss Federal Office for Defence Procurement, known as Armasuisse, has partnered with Dufour Aerospace, a prominent tilt-wing aircraft manufacturer based in Switzerland, to initiate a design study. This collaboration seeks to explore the potential applications of tilt-wing aircraft, notably in tasks such as deploying small Synthetic Aperture Radar devices while airborne.
In the context of this partnership, the focus will be on the Aero2, an uncrewed tilt-wing aircraft developed by Dufour Aerospace. Preparations are underway to equip the flight control system of the Aero2 for long-range flights that go beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS). Moreover, as part of the study, Dufour Aerospace plans to optimize its smaller test platform, known as the "AeroMini", for enhanced BVLOS functionalities, facilitating its integration into varied research endeavors.
Thomas Pfammatter, the CEO of Dufour Aerospace, commented on the collaboration, stating that working with armasuisse is a significant move in highlighting the potential of Swiss-made tilt-wing aircraft in safety and security domains.