Mysterious Taiwanese Company Reveals Loitering Munition

Hutron H2B Hayabusa at Taipei Aerospace Defense Technology Exhibition

The Hutron H2B Hayabusa on display at the Taipei Aerospace Defense Technology Exhibition in Taiwan.

Credit: Chen Chuanren/Aviation Week

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.

Chen Chuanren

Chen Chuanren is the Southeast Asia and China Editor for the Aviation Week Network’s (AWN) Air Transport World (ATW) and the Asia-Pacific Defense Correspondent for AWN, joining the team in 2017.