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October 8, 2021

Martin UAV’s V-BAT UAS flies on 11th MEU missions on board USS Portland

V-BAT crew showcased the aircraft’s AIS capability as part of these missions.

Shield AI company Martin UAV’s V-BAT uncrewed aircraft system (UAS) has successfully conducted flight missions on board the US Navy’s San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock USS Portland (LPD 27).

The V-BAT flew missions with the US Marine Corps’ (USMC’s) 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU).

The missions included a flight where V-BAT personnel showcased the aircraft’s automatic identification system (AIS) capability.

This capability was proved by using the AIS system to successfully connect sensor to target in less than 180 seconds from the receipt of the task.

Shield AI cofounder and former Navy SEAL Brandon Tseng said: “V-BAT enhances operations in both maritime and land-based environments while providing tactical flexibility with substantially decreased logistical requirements.

“We are excited to continue to partner and explore all the ways we can deploy this game-changing product in the future.”

The V-BAT UAS features a critical reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition (RSTA) capability and is designed for the US Navy and USMC.

Aboard USS Portland, the uncrewed aircraft proved its durability in high winds and harsh environments.

An 11th MEU spokesperson said: “Intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance, in particular, are capabilities that allow us to compete strategically against near-peer competitors by supporting efforts in early detection, over-the-horizon operations, and sea denial.

“There are a variety of ISR platforms we currently employ, but, as a service, we are continually advancing our techniques, tactics, and procedures.”

In April this year, Martin UAV’s V-BAT system was chosen by the US Navy for a vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) UAS prototyping and development effort.

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