Manta Aircraft was formed in June 2019 by a group of European entrepreneurs. It is based in southern Switzerland. The company is in the early stages of developing a pair of light hybrid-electric aircraft that it describes as VTOL/STOL. These include the single-seat ANN1 and the two-seat ANN2.
On December 9, 2020, Manta made a short first flight with a one-third scaled model of the ANN2. It aims to start testing a full-scale prototype in 2022 and be ready for the pre-production phase by the end of 2023.
Early drawings of the all-composite aircraft show a V-shaped tail, a main fixed wing and a forward canard. A hybrid propulsion system consists of an unspecified engine with electric motors driving eight ducted fans. The aircraft are intended to be used in either vertical takeoff mode, or (for more range) in short takeoff and landing environments. Range is projected to be up to 600 km (373 miles) and cruise speed up to 300 km (186 mph).
Manta intends to forge a partnership with a partner to handle the production phase of the program. It has applied for patents covering the flight control system that it is developing in-house. Composites specialist Ycom, which has extensive experience in the motorsports sector, is making fuselages and wings for early development models.