Challenger Aerospace Unveils New Hybrid VTOL UAS

By Mike Ball / 30 Aug 2017
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Challenger Airspace Group Stingray UAS

The Challenger Aerospace Group has announced that it has unveiled the design of its new Stingray hybrid vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) unmanned aircraft system (UAS).

According to Challenger Aerospace Group CEO LeRoy Aday, the new Stingray is a battlefield advanced targeting and attack platform. The unmanned aircraft is designed for strike missions, ship-borne protection, coastal patrol and standard missions such as surveillance and monitoring, target pointing and designation.

The Stingray UAS is powered by a diesel JP-4 Drake Engine (diesel, JP-4) with a rated power output of 278 hp (207 kW). It has the ability to operate at ranges of up to 836 km with a flight endurance of 4 hours.


Length: 17 ft 3.3 in (5266.54 mm)
Wingspan: 18 ft 7.6 in (5679.56 mm)
Height: 7 ft 8 in (2337m m)
Empty weight: 1,088lb (493 kg)
Max takeoff weight: 2,250lb (1,157 kg)
Lift fans: 3x Electric
Fuel Cap: 35 Gal (132.489 L)
Max speed: 126.002 knots (145mph)
Cruise Speed:112.9 kn (130 mph)
Range: 520 mi (836.859 km)
Service ceiling: 11,000 ft (3352.8m)
Rate of climb: 1,700ft/min.

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Posted by Mike Ball Mike Ball is our resident technical editor here at Unmanned Systems Technology. Combining his passion for teaching, advanced engineering and all things unmanned, Mike keeps a watchful eye over everything related to the unmanned technical sector. With over 10 years’ experience in the unmanned field and a degree in engineering, Mike’s been heading up our technical team here for the last 8 years. Connect & Contact
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