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The Aerosonde Small Unmanned Aircraft System is logging thousands of operational hours per month in some of the world’s most challenging environments. With its expanded size, weight and power (SWAP) profile, the system can execute day-and-night imaging, communications relay, signals intelligence and an additional customer-selected payload in a single sortie. Today, Textron Systems has enhanced the system’s flexibility even further with the Aerosonde HQ, a runway-independent configuration that uses Hybrid Quadrotor technology to achieve vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL). Combined with the Aerosonde system’s proven performance and benchmark-setting reliability, the Aerosonde HQ brings unparalleled levels of mission capability and flexibility.



                           Aerosonde Fixed Wing          Aerosonde HQ

Payload              Up to 20 lbs (9.1 kg)             up to 200 W15 lbs

Max Wingspan  12.0 ft (3.7 m)                       12.0 ft (3.7 m)

Ceiling                15,000 ft (4,572 m)              10,000 ft

Range                 140 km (75 nm)                   140 km (75 nm)

Max Takeoff El.   8,000 ft (2,438 m)                7,000 ft

UHF-, L-, S- C-    Yes                                        Yes


Weight                  80 lbs (36.4 kg)                   105 lb

Endurance           14+ hr                                   8 hrs

Airspeed               45-65 kt                               45-65 kt


   Aerosonde Fixed Wing 

Automated Launch and RecoverySingle system with hydraulic pneumatic launcher and net recovery




Aerosonde HQ

Vertical-takeoff-and-landing (VTOL) capability


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