Unmanned VTOL capabilities demonstrated in counter-narcotics operationNews
November 11, 2020
PLANO, Texas. Martin UAV, unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technology company, demonstrated the shipboard integration of its V-BAT as well as its maritime capabilities in support of United States Southern Command's (SOUTHCOM) counter-narcotics operations in the Eastern Pacific.
Support for the mission included the visible Enhanced Counter Narcotics Operations that began April 1.
The company claims that the 10-month mission started with a demonstration of the V-BAT's small footprint, quick set-up, rapid deployment, and Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) capabilities. Upon completion of the shakedown, a technology assessment to support the USSOUTHCOM Exercises and Coalition Affairs Directorate, Long Duration, Long Dwell (LD2) began.
By leveraging commercial off-the-shelf technologies, LD2's goal is to enhance the execution of the Department of Defense's strategic objectives. Over the course of the demonstration, the V-BAT flew 273 sorties for a total of 1340.7 flight hours.