Martin UAV has conducted a number of successful demonstrations with its V-BAT Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) aboard the amphibious transport dock vessel USS Portland, in conjunction with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU). One of these flights saw the V-BAT crew demonstrate the aircraft’s Automatic Identification System (AIS) capability, by using the system to successfully link sensor to target in less than three minutes from receipt of tasking.
The V-BAT UAS provides a critical reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition (RSTA) capability for the Navy and Marine Corps, operating from a small footprint. Aboard USS Portland, the unmanned aircraft performed and proved durable in high winds and challenging weather conditions.
The V-BAT is a vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) long-endurance platform propelled by a single, ducted, thrust-vectored fan. Its logistics footprint fits into the bed of a pickup truck or inside a Blackhawk helicopter, significantly reducing the total cost of capability. U.S. and international customers view the V-BAT as a flexible platform capable of performing Group 2 UAS to Group 4 UAS missions and beyond.
Brandon Tseng, cofounder of Martin UAV’s parent company Shield AI, commented: “V-BAT enhances operations in both maritime and land-based environments while providing tactical flexibility with substantially decreased logistical requirements. We are excited to continue to partner and explore all the ways we can deploy this game-changing product in the future.”
A spokesperson for the 11th MEU noted: “Intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance, in particular, are capabilities that allow us to compete strategically against near-peer competitors by supporting efforts in early detection, over-the-horizon operations, and sea denial. There are a variety of ISR platforms we currently employ, but, as a service, we are continually advancing our techniques, tactics, and procedures.”