Mysterious Taiwanese Company Reveals Loitering Munition
TAIPEI, Taiwan—Little-known Taiwanese company Hutron claims that it has developed and operationalized a jet-powered loitering munition designated H2B Hayabusa (Peregrine Falcon).
Featuring wingfold design similar to the AeroVironment Switchblade 600, the H2B weighs 33 lb. (15 kg), including a 5-kg warhead. At the rear is an unspecified jet engine, with options for a propeller-powered engine for more “silent operation.”
The company’s General Manager Frank Fan says the H2B has a range of 93 mi. (150 km) and an endurance of one hour. It also features a miniaturized phased array antenna for satcom.
Fan says the company has five loitering munitions in its portfolio and plans to design a “mothership” that can carry six H2Bs.
Hutron is exhibiting at the Taipei Aerospace Defense Technology Exhibition here, alongside U.S.-based satcom provider Aerkomm.
Not much is known about Hutron—lacking an active website, Hutron’s only online presence features information about its development of an uncrewed ground vehicle in 2021.