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Martin UAV Demos V-BAT Maritime Capabilities for USSOUTHCOM

Martin UAV
Martin UAV

Martin UAV has demonstrated the integrated performance of its V-BAT unmanned aerial vehicle for counter-narcotics operations of the U.S. Southern Command.

The company said Tuesday that its V-BAT UAV exhibited maritime capabilities in a mission that ran from Oct. 6, 2019 to July 31, 2020.

V-BAT demonstrated vertical takeoff and landing, rapid deployment and small footprint performance. Data gathered during the testing period will be used to inform an assessment of how V-BAT can help the command's Exercises and Coalition Affairs directorate.

The technology also supported USSOUTHCOM's enhanced counter-narcotics operations that the government initiated at the beginning of April.

"This mission helped catapult Martin UAV's V-BAT into the maritime environment, showcasing its ability to withstand and perform in tropical conditions including strong crosswinds and unexpected storms with rain exceeding 10 millimeters per hour," said Heath Niemi, vice president of global sales and development at Martin UAV.

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Written by Nichols Martin

a staff writer at Executive Mosaic, produces articles on the federal government's technology and business interests. The coverage of these articles include government contracting, cybersecurity, information technology, health care and national security.

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