Martin UAV lately launched the latest model of its V-BAT VTOL drone, the V-BAT 128, which comes with extra energy, payloads and endurance.
The UAS is designed for protection and industrial use and could be deployed in a wide range of missions, together with search and rescue, firefighting, logistic resupply, and power and oil and fuel operations, in keeping with a information launch.
The drone can take off and land on stationary and shifting platforms and in areas with a footprint of lower than 12-feet by 12-feet. Improvements made to the system embody enhancements to the engine, a remote-start 288cc 2-stroke EFI, elevated horsepower, eleven-plus hours of endurance, and as much as 25 kilos of interchangeable payloads for mission-specific necessities. It has a wingspan of 9.7 ft and might attain 90+ knots at altitudes of 20,000 ft.
The system is designed for straightforward transport and speedy tactical deployment. Two individuals can assemble the drone in lower than half-hour. Its duct fan propulsion eliminates uncovered rotors for elevated operational security.
The upgraded V-BAT was demonstrated over the course of a number of weeks on the Army Expeditionary Warrior Experiment (AEWE). The system flew varied missions, showcasing its means to transition from take-off to a vertical hover and protracted stare functionality whereas sustaining a sensor line of sight regardless of troublesome terrain.
“Martin UAV continues to push the boundaries of what’s attainable for unmanned plane programs,” Chief Development Officer Heath Niemi stated, in keeping with the discharge. “We have listened to the shopper and expanded the capabilities and agility of the V-BAT, delivering know-how that serves a wider vary of mission wants. We’re proud to make the V-BAT obtainable to the broader market and to offer extra energy and payload that may be transported within the mattress of a pick-up truck, or, inside a Black Hawk.”