Martin UAV Intros V-BAT 128 Unmanned VTOL Aircraft

V-BAT 128
V-BAT 128

Unmanned aircraft system manufacturer Martin UAV has publicly unveiled a new vertical takeoff and landing platform intended to support applications such as logistics, search-and-rescue, firefighting and energy operations.

Martin UAV said Tuesday that the V-BAT 128 UAS has the capacity for rapid assembly, vertical hover and flights of up to 20,000 feet.

The platform, which has a 9.7-foot wingspan, can also carry 25 pounds of interchangeable payloads and operate for a maximum of 11 hours.

Previously, Martin UAV concluded a demonstration of V-BAT as part of the U.S. Army's Expeditionary Warrior Experiment which took place for several weeks.

Heath Niemi, chief development officer at Martin UAV, said the company is looking forward to broadening the market for V-BAT to support various other mission needs.

The announcement comes after Martin UAV appointed Bill Irby, a former senior leader at Northrop Grumman, Textron and L3Harris Technologies, as chief operating officer.

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