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FIDAE 2012: Spanish Aerospace Technology Institute reveals details of hybrid UAV

28th March 2012 - 15:50 GMT | by Tony Osborne in Santiago, Chile

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The Spanish National Institute of Aerospace Technology (INTA) has revealed details of a hybrid UAV able to land vertically like a helicopter but with fixed-wing aircraft performance.

The HADA UAV has been developed under INTA's Platino Programme. It features a main rotor system and a shrouded tail rotor allowing vertical take-off and rotary-wing flight characteristics, but is then able to deploy variable geometry wings allowing high-performance horizontal flight.

No-one from INTA was available at the FIDAE air show for comment, but information gleaned from INTA's literature shows that complete aircraft have been wind-tunnel tested, although it is not clear if

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Tony was deputy editor of Defence Helicopter and Rotorhub magazines before joining Aviation Week in …

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