Challenger Aerospace develops new strike-capable VTOL unmanned aerial vehicle
The Challenger Airspace Group has disclosed details to Defence Blog regarding the future of its vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) programme, called the Eagle Ray.
According to Challenger Aerospace Group CEO LeRoy Aday, a company will expand its family of unique unmanned aerial vehicles with the Eagle Ray platform. The new Eagle Ray is a fixed-wing unmanned aerial aircraft with a shafts tilt rotors.
The unmanned aerial vehicle is envisioned to have a maximum take-off weight (MTOW) of 1,500 kg (3510 LBS) and feature a flat, somewhat disk-shaped airframe an overall length of 9,3 m with wings that have a total span of 9,2 m. The Eagle Ray VTOL will be capable of carrying out military surveillance, search-and-rescue, cargo transport, and attack missions.
The Eagle Ray will also be powered by a diesel engine with this providing an output of 207 kW and 5 electric motors, with the company aiming to achieve a maximum speed of 500 km/h (310 MPH) and a service ceiling of 6,400 m (20,997 ft).
The Challenger Airspace Group is a leading developer in the rapidly changing field of unmanned vehicles. The company design subsystems, develop platforms and manufacture airframes.
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