The Strix is an amazing concept of military drone capable of taking off vertically by raising on its tail. It then has a range of 800 kilometers by transforming into an airplane. It was recently unveiled at the Avalon Airshow in Australia.
With the war in Ukraine, drones have shown their ability to multiply force, whether for intelligence, setting artillery fire, or for combat missions. In the latter case, the Bayraktar TB-2s were formidable armor destroyers for several months. With their design low-cost, these drones have impressed the military of Western countries. This war resulted in the multiplication of the development of drones for military use. This is the case of BAE Systems which has just unveiled a new autonomous hybrid drone called “Strix”. The aircraft developed in Australia is rather fascinating.
A durable, versatile and vertical take-off drone
Its first particularity is that its wings fold up so that it can fit in a container. While it resembles an airplane, it can also reorient its two pairs of wings to stand vertically on its train positioned at the end of its tail. In this way, it takes off being lifted by its four rotors. No need for a track. Once in the air, the two wings reorient themselves to transform the aircraft into a plane powered by the rotors. It has a hybrid engine which gives it a range of 800 kilometres. It would also be capable of carrying 160 kilos of payloads (ammunition or surveillance devices). It also has a system that allows it to be autonomous. It can be used as a wingman for a helicopter to protect it, for example. According to BEA, the Strix should be operational from 2026.