Upgraded V-BAT VTOL UAV Demonstrated at Army Expeditionary Warrior Experiment

By Mike Ball / 26 Feb 2021

Martin UAV V-BAT

Martin UAV has demonstrated the newly upgraded version of the company’s V-BAT VTOL UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle), the V-BAT 128, at the Army Expeditionary Warrior Experiment (AEWE). Taking place at Fort Benning in Georgia, AEWE evaluates advanced technologies in support of the U.S. Army’s modernization efforts.

The V-BAT 128’s enhancements include an updated engine that provides increased horsepower and 11 hours of endurance, while maintaining its small VTOL footprint. The new platform also features a higher ceiling of 20,000 feet MSL, and interchangeable mission-specific payloads of up to 25 lbs (not including fuel weight).

The V-BAT UAV has been utilized by the U.S. Department of Defense, supporting the Army, Marines and most recently the United States Southern Command’s (SOUTHCOM) enhanced counter narcotics operation in the Eastern Pacific.

AEWE assesses Cross Domain Maneuver (CDM) concepts and capabilities at the lower tactical echelon in support of Multi Domain Operations (MDO). The Experimentation Force (EXFOR) will employ mutually supporting lethal and nonlethal capabilities across multiple domains (air, land, space, and cyberspace), the electromagnetic spectrum, and the information environment to create a synergistic effect that increases relative combat power and provides overmatch.

Heath Niemi, Chief Development Officer at Martin UAV, commented: “We are honored to be a part of AEWE, being among some of the best organizations in the industry, to support their efforts to explore increased innovation. We have listened to our customers and are excited to deploy our upgraded V-BAT, displaying how Martin UAV is increasing mission capability, security and mitigating operational risk. The V-BAT’s versatility and agile nature of its competencies lend itself well for the varied needs of the Army and we could not be more excited about the upcoming demo days.”

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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