Following the Navy’s Mi2 Challenge, the U.S. Navy has selected Martin UAV’s V-BAT as the basis for a prototype UAS (unmanned aerial vehicle).
The V-BAT was selected as it requires minimal logistic support and has great versatility. The system offers vertical takeoff with a single-engine ducted fan, and it automatically transitions to straight and level flight. Besides, the UAS has an open architecture and can carry interchangeable payloads.
Heath Niemi, Martin UAV’s Chief Development Officer and retired U.S. Army colonel, commented: “Martin UAV’s V-BAT was designed to address the needs of the warfighter in an ever-changing landscape and is now an integral part of reshaping mission requirements and capability offerings to better equip the Navy in future operations.”