Martin UAV Unveils V-BAT 128 for Defense and Private Sector

Martin UAV, a leading advanced aviation technology manufacturer in the United States, announced on 30 March the public release of the latest unmanned aircraft system (UAS), the V-BAT 128, for defense and commercial use. Its mission applications include search and rescue, firefighting, logistic resupply, and energy and oil and gas operations. A notable feature is the aircraft's “ability to transition from take-off to a vertical hover and persistent stare capability while maintaining a sensor line of sight, in spite of difficult terrain. …The upgraded V-BAT provides significantly enhanced payload capacity of 25 pound and interchangeable payloads to meet mission-specific requirements. Increased endurance of up to 11 hours, and higher thrust were made possible by leveraging a more powerful engine, the Suter TOA 288 model. With a wingspan of 9.7 feet, the V-BAT 128 can reach over 90 knots reaching altitudes of 20,000 feet.”  

The V-BAT series aircraft is reportedly “the only single-engine ducted fan VTOL that has the ability to launch & recover from a hover, fly up to eleven hours in horizontal flight, and make mid-flight transitions to ‘hover & stare’ at any time throughout a given mission set.”  Visit martinuav.com for details.

Thanks to CDR David Place (USN/Ret), davidplace47[at]gmail[dot]com, and Robin E. Alexander, President ATC, alexander technical[at]gmail[dot]com, for their assistance with this report, the background for which appeared in their  # 21 - 9 - 8 APRIL 2021 edition of the UNMANNED SYSTEMS NEWS (USN).

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