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Pipistrel Nuuva V300

Hybrid-Electric VTOL Cargo Drone [ 2020 ]

The Pipistrel Nuuva V300 is a rare Slovenian UAV offering - the product designed around the concept of a VTOL cargo-delivering drone.

Authored By: Staff Writer | Last Edited: 10/30/2020 | Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com | The following text is exclusive to this site.

The Pipistrel Nuuva V300 is a new, all-modern hybrid-electric-driven Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) unmanned cargo delivery vehicle. The aircraft features the capability to cover long-ranges while carrying oversized, paletted loads in a fully-enclosed cargo hold. The air vehicle originates from the nation of Slovenia and is aimed at several industries looking to succeed expensive helicopter solutions with a low-cost, easy-to-operate and maintain alternative.

Part of the V300's success is its hybrid-electric powerplant which relies heavily on batteries to reduce overall fuel burn during flight. Compared to full-sized conventional helicopters, the product therefore has a distinct edge economically and a simple charging station brings the battery supply back to life. VTOL flight is made possible by 8 x Pipistrel IE-811 motors positioned about the booms under the aircraft while forward flight is by way of a single FADEC IC high-efficiency engine fitting driving a three-bladed propeller unit in "pusher" configuration.

All told, the V300 is one of those rare vehicles capable of helicopter-like agility with the propulsion qualities of a fixed-wing aircraft.

Its design features a rather unique tandem-wing biplane arrangement in which the lower wing member is seated well-forward on the fuselage and mounted low while the upper, dimensionally-larger, wing member is positioned over the fuselage near the extreme end of the vehicle. Ground-running is by way of a simple four-strut landing gear arrangement - another feature that keeps production and operating costs, as well as the maintenance commitment, in check.

The air vehicle has been designed to be fully-autonomous, by way of a preloading flight plan, allowing for a complete hands-off experience. Its helicopter-like qualities, along with its in-built Fly-by-Wire (FbW) control scheme, ensure it access to areas generally restrictive to traditional, conventional fixed-wing aircraft - allowing the V300 to operate from nearly any open-air launch/retrieval area. Reliability is through a triple-redundant Flight Control System (FCS) coupled with an onboard self-monitoring system to help prevent against issues that may arise during operation.

The system can haul cargo loads up to 1,000lb within its enclosed hold - including full pallets of goods. Access to this section of the aircraft is through an oversized, hinged front door for loading/unloading. The V300 is rated with a Maximum Take-Off Weight (MTOW) of 3,750lb.

Dimensions of the V300 include a running length of 33 feet with a wingspan of 43.4 feet and a height of 10 feet. Performance specs include a cruising speed maximum of 137 miles-per-hour with a climb rate near 600 feet-per-minute with a maximum cruising altitude just under 20,000 feet. Due to its hybrid-electric powerplant arrangement, the air vehicle can sustain operations up to twelve hours with a typical mission range covering 300 kilometers - though it is capable of flying out to a maximum range of 2,500 kilometers if needed.

Beyond its obvious military value (in the resupply role), the V300 has nearly unmatched versatility for an air vehicle of this size and class - it can serve the Oil-and-Gas industry with equal effectiveness in reaching offshore oil platforms and can also assist in humanitarian-minded operations. Alternatively, it can also be launched from the sea during ship-to-shore operations, resupplying inland parties as needed.©MilitaryFactory.com
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October 2020 - Honeywell has been selected to provide the Fly-by-Wire (FbW) technology in the new V300 cargo drone.


Service Year

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In Limited Service.

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(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
General transport functionality to move supplies/cargo or personnel (including wounded and VIP) over range.
Unmanned Capability
Aircraft inherently designed (or later developed) with an unmanned capability to cover a variety of over-battlefield roles.

37.1 ft
(11.30 m)
43.3 ft
(13.20 m)
10.2 ft
(3.10 m)
3,748 lb
(1,700 kg)
(Showcased structural values pertain to the base Pipistrel Nuuva V300 production variant)
Installed: 1 x FADEC IC engine with 8 x Pipistrel E-811 electric motors.
Max Speed
137 mph
(220 kph | 119 kts)
19,685 ft
(6,000 m | 4 mi)
186 mi
(300 km | 556 nm)
600 ft/min
(183 m/min)

♦ MACH Regime (Sonic)
RANGES (MPH) Subsonic: <614mph | Transonic: 614-921 | Supersonic: 921-3836 | Hypersonic: 3836-7673 | Hi-Hypersonic: 7673-19180 | Reentry: >19030

(Showcased performance specifications pertain to the base Pipistrel Nuuva V300 production variant. Performance specifications showcased above are subject to environmental factors as well as aircraft configuration. Estimates are made when Real Data not available. Compare this aircraft entry against any other in our database or View aircraft by powerplant type)
None. Internal cargo load up to 1,015lb.

Supported Types

(Not all ordnance types may be represented in the showcase above)
Nuuva V300 - Base Series Designation.

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