Jul 21, 2023
SkyDrive Inc. (hereinafter “SkyDrive”), a leading Japanese eVTOL aircraft (*1) manufacturer headquartered in Toyota City, Japan, and CT UAV JSC (hereinafter “CT UAV”) in Vietnam announced that they had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and CT UAV had agreed on a pre-order of up to 100 SkyDrive eVTOL aircraft “SKYDRIVE.”
CT UAV is a subsidiary of CT Group, one multi-business group in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and developing various kinds of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) technologies.
MOU Signing Ceremony in Vietnam on July 13, 2023
SkyDrive is currently developing a three-seater electric, vertical takeoff and landing aircraft called “SKYDRIVE.” Its eVTOL is in the process of acquiring its Japan Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB) certification (*2).
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In Vietnam, significant traffic congestion happens daily and is growing. To address this issue, Pacific Group Co Ltd in Vietnam signed an MOU with SkyDrive and agreed on a pre-order of up to 100 eVTOL aircraft in November 2022 (*3). Thanks to a new pre-order received from CT UAV, the announced pre-order count for SkyDrive’s eVTOL in Vietnam has reached 200 units.
CT UAV is supported by CT Group, a company that is operating in 9 business lines. Along with 3 sustainable business lines, CT Group is focusing on 6 high-tech industries to bring Vietnamese intelligence to catch up with the stormy speed of the 4.0 technology revolution, including CT UAV. With the mission to pioneer the integration of artificial intelligence (AI) with UAV technology, CT UAV is creating a smarter and more advanced future and improving the quality of life.
SkyDrive and CT UAV will evaluate commercial eVTOL considerations such as vertiports, routes and network planning, infrastructure requirements, and ecosystems with interested stakeholders in launching new mobility solutions in Vietnam.
About SkyDrive eVTOL aircraft “SKYDRIVE”
The “SKYDRIVE” is a three-seat, electric-powered lightweight aircraft with vertical takeoff and landing capabilities. Operated by a driver-pilot, its flight stability is secured with the assistance of a computer-controlled flight system. SkyDrive is developing eVTOL with an eye toward realizing a world where they are used in daily life for air mobility much as automobiles are used for daily ground transportation.
Comment by Mr. Tran Kim Chung, CT Group President
“We recognize the importance of leveraging its accumulated expertise and technological capabilities in infrastructure development, as well as the development of cutting-edge technologies such as drones and AI. We expect to contribute to the general development of Vietnam on the global market.”
Comment by Tomohiro Fukuzawa, SkyDrive Inc. CEO
“We are very grateful for the opportunity to work with CT Group, which is one of the three largest and most comprehensive UAV companies in Vietnam and has a large share of the urban development market, especially in Ho Chi Minh City, in providing eVTOL as a new means of mobility infrastructure that to solve modern society issues such as traffic congestion in Vietnam. It will be our honor to contribute to further social development in Vietnam.”