Martin UAV has successfully completed flight demonstrations in India for the Indian Army. Over the last 2 weeks, Martin UAV’s innovative V-BAT aircraft flew in operational test scenarios in both mountainous terrain and Jungle environments. Flying both day and night sorties the V-BAT performed exceptionally well in the challenging conditions. Following the demonstrations, Martin UAV will be showcasing the V-BAT at the Defence Expo in Chennai before returning to the US.
V-BAT is a long endurance VTOL design ideal for shipboard and confined area operation. A ducted fan design maximizes operational safety by eliminating exposed rotors. The aircraft is launched and recovered in a 20 x 20 ft clearing and can fly for up to 8+ hours with a 5+ lb payload.
The combination of VTOL operational convenience, with the safety of a shrouded fan and fixed-wing duration in a small UAV system, will revolutionize the availability of UAV operations from confined areas, bridging a critical mission gap at the tactical level where it is needed the most.