During EDEX 2021, the Egyptian Defense Exposition, in EIEC, the firm Martin UAV unveiled V-BAT 128 VTOL unmanned aircraft. Martin UAV is an emerging leader of highly mobile, VTOL, UAS supporting some of the most demanding requirements for ship and land operations.
V-BAT 128 VTOL unmanned aircraft (Picture source: Army Recognition)
The V-Bat is a vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) designed and developed by the American company Martin UAV. This type of UAV can be used to conduct a wide range of military missions such as aerial patrol, search and detection of targets, surveillance, shipboard operation, aerial mapping, urban monitoring, autonomous delivery, and placement of payloads.
The V-BAT Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) is designed to operate from very small spaces on ships, land, and nearly any environment. The V-BAT is a long-endurance aircraft capable of carrying multiple sensors, including land and maritime wide-area surveillance.
The V-Bat VTOL aerial system design features fixed wings and a slender fuselage. It is powered by a 157 cc, two-stroke engine, which generates an output power of 13 hp. The drone can fly at a maximum speed of 90 knots and offers a range of 300 nautical miles. It can operate at an altitude of 15,000 feet and in wind speeds up to 25 knots. It can perform continuous operations for up to eight hours at a speed of 40 knots.