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US Navy selects Martin UAV’s V-BAT for VTOL UAS prototyping effort

29 Apr 2021 (Last Updated April 29th, 2021 14:47)

Martin UAV’s V-BAT system has been chosen by the US Navy for a vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) unmanned aircraft system (UAS) prototyping and development effort.

US Navy selects Martin UAV’s V-BAT for VTOL UAS prototyping effort
The V-BAT 128 UAS is an upgraded version of V-BAT VTOL UAS. Credit: Martin UAV.

Martin UAV’s V-BAT system has been chosen by the US Navy for a vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) unmanned aircraft system (UAS) prototyping and development effort.

The selection follows the successful Mi2 Technology Demonstration live event at the Yuma Proving Grounds in Arizona, US.

The company was one of the two down selected from 13 submissions to participate in the Tech Demo, which is the second phase of the Mi2 Challenge. L3Harris Technologies was the other candidate selected to compete.

The event focused on several requirements and comprised of technology questionnaires, performance summaries, and in-depth supporting artifacts and more.

Since 2015, Martin UAV has focused on meeting the requirements of the warfighter and worked ‘to develop the V-BAT’ to meet the exact needs.

The V-BAT’s features, such as open architecture, interchangeable payloads, and automatic transition to straight and level flight, helped it to meet the requirements of the merit-based competition.

Martin UAV chief development officer and retired US Army colonel Heath Niemi said: “Martin UAV’s V-BAT was designed to address the needs of the warfighter in an ever-changing landscape and is now an integral part of reshaping mission requirements and capability offerings to better equip the navy in future operations.

“Without Martin UAV CEO Ruben Martin’s commitment to innovation, the team’s relentless dedication to superior product development, and the support and expertise of our partner Broadhead Consulting throughout the entire process, offering this unique UAS solution would not have been possible.”

The V-BAT UAV can be deployed in a wide range of missions, such as force protection, aerial patrol, search and detection of targets, surveillance, and more.