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.