Military Embedded Systems

Unmanned VTOL capabilities demonstrated in counter-narcotics operation


November 11, 2020

Emma Helfrich

Technology Editor

Military Embedded Systems

Martin UAV photo.

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.


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