ANNAPOLIS, MD (June 16, 2015) – At the 2015 Paris Air Show, Maryland Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford, together with representatives from SURVICE and U.K.-based Malloy Aeronautics, announced that the two companies have teamed up on the development of Hoverbike technology for the U.S. Department of Defense.
The Hoverbike, a model of which is on display at this year’s show (which runs through 21 June), is being developed to operate as a new class of tactical reconnaissance vehicle (TRV). SURVICE and Malloy are developing the technology as part of an ongoing research and development (R&D) contract with the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, the nation’s premier organization for developing technology and engineering solutions for land forces.
As part of this strategic alliance, Malloy Aeronautics, which was formed in 2012 to develop and market drones and Hoverbike technology to commercial and military customers, also announced that it has established a U.S. office in Belcamp, MD, to perform its Hoverbike work. The office is adjacent to Aberdeen Proving Ground as well as SURVICE’s Corporate Headquarters.
“I am pleased,” said Lt. Governor Rutherford, “to join with SURVICE Engineering and Malloy Aeronautics to announce their partnership on the Hoverbike, which represents a new frontier in aviation. We are also very excited to welcome Malloy and look forward to working with them to grow their operations in Maryland.”
Chris Malloy, Malloy Aeronautics’ Managing Director, added, “Establishing an office in Maryland was a clear business decision. The proximity to the Army Research Laboratory and U.S. defense decision-makers; the access to the world-class facilities through the laboratory’s Open Campus initiative; and the co-location with our strategic business partner, SURVICE Engineering, were all factors in favor of Maryland as the best choice for Malloy Aeronautics.”