The Mexican Navy has deployed Arcturus UAV’s T-20 JUMP fixed-wing vertical-take-off-and-landing (VTOL) tactical unmanned aircraft vehicle (UAV) to perform unspecified missions.
The JUMP 20 variant aircraft, which was delivered to the Mexican Navy in March this year, is claimed to be the first fixed-wing UAV capable of vertical take-off and landing.
A variant of the Arcturus T-Series catapult aircraft, the UAV does not require a launch system or runway and is said to offer the same volumetric payload capacity as the T-Series.
The 9ft-long aircraft can also be modified to catapult launch with a wing change.
Depending on payload and avionic fit out, the aircraft’s fuel consumption can be adjusted to deliver between nine and 15 hours of endurance.
Powered by a four stroke 190cc engine, the aircraft can conduct flight and recovery operations in hostile weather conditions, and automatically operate from launch to landing.
Arcturus has incorporated a range of payloads into the T-Series aircraft. It is also integrated with Cloud Cap Technologies 200 and 400 Series of gyro-stabilised gimbal electro-optics and infrared (EO/IR) payloads.
The T-20 JUMP aircraft also features 3D mapping, SAR, LIDAR, communications relay, COMINT, and SIGINT systems.
The Mexican Navy is said to have been operating a fleet of catapult-launched T-20s since 2014.
Arcturus has proposed the T-20 JUMP VTOL platform for MEUAS III under the USSOCOM worldwide UAS services contract, as well as a heavy fuel version of the T-20 JUMP for the Royal Australian Navy’s tactical unmanned aircraft programme.
Image: The Mexican Navy deploys Arcturus UAV’s T-20 JUMP VTOL. Photo: courtesy of PRNewsFoto / Arcturus UAV.