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WaveAerospace’s Hybrid Drone Packs Speed of 500+ MPH 

Connecticut-based WaveAerospace has unveiled a multi-role unmanned multi-copter that can reach speeds of over 500 miles (805 kilometers) per hour.

In development for the last five years, Huntress Turbojet’s flight tests will take place in the summer and it is expected to be delivery-ready by early 2025.

The all-weather hybrid-electric drone has a top speed of Mach 0.7 (467 knots) and flight endurance of two hours.

Its hybrid propulsion comprises a turbojet engine and four high-speed electric propfans.

Expected Features

Additional features include a payload of 110 pounds (50 kilograms) with a maximum takeoff weight of 165 kg (365 pounds).

It can be launched from the ground, a vessel, and from another aircraft, and can operate in wind conditions higher than 60 miles (96 kilometers) per hour, according to the developer.

Its higher speed and reverse thrust allow for ship deck landing without cables or harpoon recovery systems.

Expected Roles

The aircraft’s expected military roles include search-and-rescue, critical logistics flights in harsh environments, and command, control, communications, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions.

“While the timeline may seem short, it is essential to remember that the configuration and control systems that allow the Huntress to fly safely and reliably have been in real-world testing for years,” WaveAerospace CEO and co-founder Mark Strauss said.

“The Huntress Electric has flown hundreds of hours of tests in conditions ranging from calm to Force 10 ocean states. In essence, we are simply scaling up the aircraft and swapping its 10 kW electric propulsor core with a small turbojet.”

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