V-BAT VTOL UAV Incorporates Mobile Ad Hoc Network Technology

By Mike Ball / 26 Jul 2018
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Persistent Systems has announce that it has entered into a five-year partnership with MartinUAV, who will incorporate Persistent’s Wave Relay Mobile Ad Hoc Network (MANET) technology into the V-BAT, a small vertical takeoff-and-land (VTOL) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).

“Persistent is proud to have been selected out of the many commercially available datalink solutions,” said Louis Sutherland, VP Business Development for Persistent Systems. “This agreement cements Persistent’s line of Wave Relay MANET products as the exclusive communications solution for MartinUAV’s unmanned products.”

As part of the Wave Relay Ecosystem, MartinUAV’s systems seamlessly connect to any Wave Relay-enabled unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs), sensors, and cameras. Users of Persistent’s MPU5 handheld MANET radio will be able to interface with the V-BAT as well as other unmanned systems on the network.

“The military requires a smaller footprint for takeoff and landing, while also needing larger payloads and longer range,” said Phil Jones, Chief Operating Officer of MartinUAV. “Using the V-BAT VTOL with the MPU5 and the Wave Relay MANET will enable us to meet all of these requirements.”

Persistent’s Embedded Module is integrated onto the MartinUAV V-BAT VTOL system, allowing operators to rapidly switch between different RF modules – L-Band, S-Band, C-Band, and BAS-Band – to meet multi-band RF mission requirements.

“Persistent’s vision is to deliver the network to the tactical operators. As MartinUAV incorporates Wave Relay MANET technology into the V-BAT, dismounted users gain an airborne network relay, while simultaneously increasing the V-BAT’s overall range and network performance,” said Sutherland.

Posted by Mike Ball Mike Ball is our resident technical editor here at Unmanned Systems Technology. Combining his passion for teaching, advanced engineering and all things unmanned, Mike keeps a watchful eye over everything related to the unmanned technical sector. With over 10 years’ experience in the unmanned field and a degree in engineering, Mike’s been heading up our technical team here for the last 8 years. Connect & Contact