Vaylon, a French start-up, has launched a fresh bid to pitch the latest version of its flying car, Pegase Mk 2 Evolved, to the French special forces and the Army’s conventional units.
Vaylon has teamed with Sopemea, a unit of the Apave group, in an attempt to speed up the certification of its aerial dune buggy adapted for military operations, said Francis Rodriguez, vice president for sales and marketing.
“Sopemea would draw up the certification program under the supervision of the regulatory authorities,” he said. Talks are being held for the partnership, which would grant Sopemea a year to draft and conduct the certification tests.
A previous attempt to receive certification was slowed for various reasons, delaying a prospective delivery of the Pegase vehicle to the French Special Operations Command.
The special forces’ interest in stealthy aerial approach stems from losing in 2013 two commandos to insurgents in a failed attempt to rescue a French spy held captive in Somalia, in which the sound of approaching French helicopters alerted the enemy on the ground.