(Newswire.net — February 2, 2018) Plano, Texas — The Martin UAV “V-BAT”, a breakthrough tactical, tail-sitting VTOL fixed wing drone with multi-mission capability, launched early Friday morning on a routine flight test and landed 8.1 hours later with more than an hour’s fuel remaining in the gas tank – conclusively demonstrating its ability to exceed the currently published endurance of 8 hours. Phil Jones, Martin COO & former RAF Tornado & MQ-9 Reaper pilot commented, “This marks another major milestone on the road to providing the warfighter with a multi-mission, long endurance, tactical, and truly expeditionary ISR platform that doesn’t require the burdensome launch and recovery systems of others in this class. A true VTOL (not a hybrid), V-BAT is capable of mid-flight transitions and is fully FARP-capable, making it wholly unique in the global marketplace today”.
About Martin UAV LLC
Martin UAV is an advanced technology company that specializes in building the world’s finest unmanned aircraft and associated flight control software. With offices located in Plano, TX, Santa Clara, CA & Rohnert Park, CA, Martin UAV systems are commercially developed to fill critical operational needs in genuine, tactical & confined commercial environments with a near-zero footprint. Martin’s V-BAT series aircraft, for example, is the only single-engine ducted fan VTOL that has the ability to take off and land from a hover, fly 8+ hours in horizontal flight, and make mid-flight transitions to “hover & stare” at any time throughout a given mission set.