Martin UAV LLC, a Texas-based unmanned aerial systems (UAS) company with advanced engineering offices in California’s Silicon Valley, is participating in the 2016 UNITAS near Panama City, Panama. UNITAS is an annual multi-national exercise involving more than 10 partner nations. At the invitation of the U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command & U.S. 4th Fleet, the company’s flagship vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft, the “V-BAT”, successfully conducted both interdiction and humanitarian operational exercises on land and at sea. The V-BAT demonstrated flawless hand-off to shipboard control and VTOL capabilities never before achieved in an operational environment.
The Martin V-BAT is the first aircraft of its size and capability to successfully demonstrate the ability to takeoff vertically, transition to wing-borne flight, and land from a hover. The V-Bat is capable of hovering over select locations along a pre-programmed flight path before returning vertically to land or sea landing locations in highly confined areas. With a near zero footprint, V-BAT is ideally suited for maritime operations without disrupting manned aircraft flight on or below deck. Unique in the UAS marketplace, V-BAT does not require the assistance of launch or recovery equipment.
V-BAT makes the transition from vertical to horizontal flight near Panama City, Panama in support of UNITAS 2016