Versus most land-based competitors, the Cormorant has a lower maximum cruise speed, in part, this is due to a design choice.
The location of the fan and the tunnel within which it operates create the STOL benefit of additional lift at the cost of speed. Its lower maximum cruise speed is not considered a disbenefit for the Cormorant as the safety of travelling at significantly higher speeds at its operating altitude is questionable. This ‘trade-off’ of maximum cruise speed for enhanced landing and take-off performance, thereby enhancing the Cormorant’s safety performance, is considered a major benefit for the environments in which the Cormorant will operate.
The Cormorant’s forward swept wing geometry and boat-hull also contribute to its enhanced STOL performance. Calculations yield figures show that the Cormorant’s takeoff distance on water is less than 50% than that of its competition.