—a significant milestone for the Air Force’s Agility Prime program.

The US Air Force (USAF) awarded Joby Aviation, a company specializing in future aviation, a $55 million contract extension to supply electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft as part of its participation efforts in the Agility Prime program.

The additional contract increases the total program funding to $131 million.

The Agility Prime program is a USAF initiation launched in April 2020 as part of its efforts to accelerate the development of the advanced air mobility (AAM) industry, as well as seek a cleaner, faster, more efficient way for the military to mobilize troops, deliver cargo, and conduct disaster relief missions.

With the approved $55 million contract extension, Joby will now have the option to provide up to nine five-seat, low-noise, zero-operating emissions eVTOL aircraft to the service, with two of these units expected to touch down at Edward Air Force Base by early 2024. Once delivered, these electric-powered air taxis will become the first to operate at a US military base.

AFWERX x Joby Aviation

The Agility Prime program, led by the Air Force Work Project (AFWERX), is a vertical lift initiative that aims to accelerate the development of electric-powered aircraft in partnership with the commercial industry. The program seeks to drive the third revolution in aerospace and aviation toward new heights by 2023.