Tactical UAS completes flight tests for U.S. Army missionNews
September 03, 2021
FALLS CHURCH, Va. Northrop Grumman Corporation and Martin UAV (a Shield AI company) have completed flight testing of a V-BAT unmanned aircraft system (UAS) with new features including GPS-denied navigation and target designation capabilities.
According to the company, the enhanced V-BAT is designed to offer a near zero footprint and flexible vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) capability to address the U.S. Army’s Future Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System (FTUAS) mission.
For FTUAS, the U.S. Army is seeking a rapidly deployable, GPS-denied navigation-capable, expeditionary VTOL system capable of persistent aerial reconnaissance for U.S. Army Brigade Combat Teams, Special Forces, and Ranger battalions.
The Martin UAV V-BAT UAS is designed with sufficient payload capacity to carry a range of interchangeable payloads, including electro-optical/infra-red (EO/IR), synthetic aperture radar (SAR), and electronic warfare (EW) payloads, depending on mission-specific requirements.