15/11/2020

V-BAT VTOL UAV Selected for Maritime Counter-Narcotics Missions

V-BAT VTOL UAV Selected for Maritime Counter-Narcotics Missions – link

Source: UST

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  • Martin UAV has successfully demonstrated the shipboard integration of its V-BAT VTOL UAV
  • The unmanned aircraft’s maritime capabilities have led it to be chosen to support United States Southern Command’s (SOUTHCOM) counter narcotics operations in the Eastern Pacific
  • The UAV was used extensively during a 10 month-long mission, which begun with a demonstration of the V-BAT’s small footprint, quick set-up, rapid deployment and VTOL operation, as well as a technology assessment by USSOUTHCOM Exercises and Coalition Affairs Directorate, Long Duration, Long Dwell (LD2)
  • LD2’s goal is to enhance the execution of the Department of Defense’s strategic objectives by leveraging commercial off-the-shelf technologies
  • Over the course of the demonstration, the V-BAT undertook 273 flights for a total of 1340.7 flight hours
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