Vertical limits – BlueBird Aero Systems and VTOL technology

Vertical take-off and landing capabilities for unmanned aerial systems are not new, but next-generation fixed-wing concepts are emerging to meet the future needs of the modern-day battlefield. Joe Charlaff speaks with Israeli unmanned systems provider BlueBird Aero Systems about its solutions to emerging trends in the sector.

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BlueBird Aero Systems’ development of VTOL capability for tactical fixed-wing UAVs, like its ThunderB-VTOL, is considered an important step by the company. All photos BlueBird Aero Systems

Militaries worldwide, significantly in the US, are moving to the adoption of fixed-wing vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) unmanned aerial systems (UAS) capabilities, leveraging the performance and logistical advantages that such systems have. Not least of these is the reduced footprint required for operations.

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