Challenger Aerospace unveils design of new Stingray hybrid unmanned aerial aircraft

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The Challenger Airspace Group has unveiled the design of a new Stingray hybrid vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) unmanned aircraft system.

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

The UAS has a fuselage length of 5266.54 mm, wingspan: 5679.56 mm. Power for the Stingray unmanned aerial system comes from Drake Engine (diesel, JP-4) with the rated power output 278 hp (207 kW).  It has the ability to operate at ranges of 836 km.


  • Crew: Unmanned
  • 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)
  • Powerplant:1 x Drake Engine (diesel, JP-4) 278 hp (207 kW)
  • Lift fans: 3x Electric lift fans
  • 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)
  • Endurance: 4 Hours
  • Service ceiling: 11,000 ft (3352.8m)
  • Rate of climb: 1,700ft/min

This Stingray UAS  can get most anywhere, and perform most any job-related and stay in flight for 4 hrs.

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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