New Swarming Capability Planned For The V-Bat Vertical Takeoff And Landing Drone
The drone runs on a 183cc two-stroke engine powering a ducted-fan propulsion and control system, enabling it to reach a top speed of around 90 knots and altitudes as high as 20,000 feet. Martin UAV claims the V-Bat has an 11-hour endurance and can carry payloads up to 25 lbs, making it well-suited to carry a wide variety of multi-spectral sensor systems, electronic intelligence gear, radar systems, electronic warfare suites, and communications packages. The truly modular nature of the V-Bat makes it quite useful for swarming operations, as different drones could be configured with various payloads to give an entire swarm the flexibility to carry out multiple missions and be rapidly reconfigured. It’s unknown if there are any plans to arm the drone, but considering its payload capabilities, it’s possible the VTOL platform could become an optionally reusable cruise missile or loitering munition in the future.
A line-of-sight datalink gives the V-Bat roughly 50-mile range,…