The future of flying cars and motorbikes is drawing near. Back in March, news broke that Slovakian company AeroMobil will make the world’s first flying car commercially available to the public in 2017.

But before that, a startup founded in a Sydney garage in 2010 has already made leaps in developing what it calls the world’s first flying motorcycle – the Malloy Hoverbike.

Just recently, the company has announced that it will be developing hoverbikes for the American military.

Malloy Aeronautics, which recently moved to the UK, specialises in developing a hoverbike. Originally being made for cattle mustering and search and rescue operations, the hoverbike would be used for military purposes by US soldiers after the company signed a lucrative deal with the US Department of Defence.

At the Paris Air Show last week, Malloy Aeronautics announced its partnership with Belcamp-based defence firm SURVICE Engineering Co. on the development of the hoverbike technology.

Malloy Aeronautics founder and managing director Chris Malloy also announced its decision to set up an office in Maryland in order to be close to the US Department of Defence.

“Establishing an office in Maryland was a clear business decision. The proximity to the Army Research Laboratory and U.S. defense decision makers, access to 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,” said Chris Malloy.

According to reports, the hoverbikes will be used for troop transport particularly over difficult terrain, as well as for logistical and surveillance support. The initial prototype for the hoverbike was a bi-copter design, with a carbon fibre chassis and a motorbike engine in the middle and two large props at the front and back. Later, the design was changed into a sit-on quadcopter design because the original model cannot be made cheap enough for safe and competitive sales.

As of now, there is no definite timeline for the deployment of the hoverbike in the US Army. The Department of Defence has been trying their hands in developing other helicopter alternatives since the 50s, to no avail. But with Malloy Aeronautics’ technology, it might actually find success this time.