Advanced Blast & Ballistic Systems Limited (ABBS), a global leader in protection solutions for the aviation and Advanced/Urban Air Mobility (AAM/UAM) markets today announced a strategic alliance agreement with US based Aviation Safety Resources, Inc., (ASR) an  innovative company that designs, tests and produces Aircraft Emergency Parachute Recovery Systems (AEPRS). The agreement launches a joint effort to further develop the next generation of AEPRS and reduce the costs which both ABBS and ASR would otherwise have to invest independently. ASR will benefit from the in-depth knowledge and world-leading rocket and initiation systems expertise within the extended ABBS operation, which has been developed by previous work on rocket motors used in armored vehicle mine protection systems. Both parties remain independently owned and operated.

“We are pleased to join forces with ASR, who share our concern about the challenges associated with vehicle recovery in a vertical take-off or landing configuration with no forward speed,” commented Roger Sloman, ABBS CEO. He continued, “There is a clear 300-foot safety gap for an AAM aircraft where current standard ballistically deployed recovery systems are completely ineffective during the VTOL phase of flight. The only feasible solution to the problem is to incorporate retrorockets with the rapid deployment parachutes being produced by ASR.”

ABBS, who were recently invited by the Pentagon Rapid Reaction Technology Office to submit projects based on its latest successful tests of patented Linear Rocket Motors (LRM) with the US army, will provide the rocket motors, sensors, control units, and initiation systems to ASR.

ASR president and CEO Larry Williams said, “This technology will be especially applicable to the rapidly developing eVTOL aircraft intended for use in the Advanced Air Mobility role, as well as many other personal and utility purposes. The collaboration with ABBS will also greatly reduce the timescale for the full development of these systems, ensuring that the required products are ready as the eVTOL industry recognizes the need for an advanced AEPRS on their aircraft.”

Both ASR and ABBS have been working over the last few years to develop a recovery solution specifically for VTOL aircraft and is on pace to deliver fully developed, certified systems and production facilities available to meet the demand.

Both companies will market and provide technical support for the systems in service as required.

This is a massively important development for both ABBS and ASR, providing a rapid and cost-effective route to exploiting this huge market opportunity which will develop over the next few years.

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Rich Mellor

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Larry Williams

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About ABBS

Advanced Blast & Ballistic Systems Ltd, based in Derbyshire, UK, has designed a remarkable system for armoured vehicles which can counteract the huge forces generated by underbelly mines and IED’s, preventing the vehicle being blasted into the air and thus avoiding the potentially disabling spinal acceleration injuries that the crew might otherwise sustain. The system uses specially developed leading edge SAFE/ARM/ control/initiation systems and immensely powerful patented Linear Rocket Motor (LRM™) designs which can deliver all their impulse in less than 100milliseconds to make the vehicles ‘weigh’ many hundreds of tons for just the brief period that the mine blast forces    are acting on the vehicle. ABBS is currently working with the US Army to mature the system for armoured vehicles, and now, working with ASR, similar technology will be used in the design of a system using retrorockets to prevent eVTOL aircraft crashing when emergencies occur. A controlled landing from which all the occupants can walk away in essentially all emergency circumstances is the target for our collaboration. For more information, please visit

About Aviation Safety Resources

Aviation Safety Resources, Inc., based in Nicholasville, Ky., designs, tests, and produces whole aircraft emergency recovery parachute systems designed to safely bring down the entire aircraft and its occupants in the event of an in-air emergency. Staffed by a team of experienced aviation professionals, ASR is the first to offer the next generation of whole- aircraft recovery systems and the first system specifically designed for the vertical take- off and landing (VTOL) vehicles of Advanced/Urban Air Mobility (A/UAM). For more information, please visit