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LATITUDE ASSISTS TEXTRON IN HQ CONVERSION

Textron Systems Completes Hybrid Quadrotor Proof of Concept Integration on Aerosonde™ SUAS

HUNT VALLEY, MD–(Marketwired – April 28, 2016) – Textron Systems Unmanned Systems, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) business, announced today the successful demonstration of the Aerosonde™ Small Unmanned Aircraft System (SUAS) enabled with Hybrid Quadrotor™ technology — allowing the system to take-off and land vertically to significantly increase mission flexibility.

With assistance from Latitude Engineering and Cloud Cap Technology, the Textron Systems’ proof-of-concept work combines the vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) capabilities of a multi-rotor platform with the efficiency, speed and endurance of the Aerosonde SUAS fixed-wing aircraft. With the addition of VTOL capabilities, the system retains service proven capability within a smaller, more portable footprint… Full Marketwired(5/28) article here

UPI writes “Now, with the potential to add VTOL capabilities, the mission possibilities are almost endless. The system could be launched from the smallest operational areas — adding an array of applications both on land and at sea.” Full UPI (5/29) article here

AVIATION WEEK(5/29) also reports here