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US Navy Selects Martin UAV Prototype for Tech Demo

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US Navy Selects Martin UAV Prototype for Tech Demo

Martin UAV, a developer of unmanned aircraft systems, has been selected to participate in a Navy technology demonstration at the Yuma Proving Grounds in Arizona.

Through the Mi2 Challenge, the Navy wants to prototype new UAS capabilities to address the technological requirements of harsh operating environments, Martin UAV said Wednesday.

The Navy selected Martin UAV and L3Harris Technologies out of the thirteen respondents to the challenge, which will involve technology questionnaires and performance summaries.

Mi2 will also evaluate capabilities against the Navy’s established criteria. The competition seeks maximum portability, self-sufficiency and modularity in hardware and payload systems.

Martin UAV said it will demonstrate its V-BAT system, a vertical take-off and landing prototype designed to be able to transition into a fixed-wing aircraft. The V-BAT’s inclusion in Mi2 will help clearly define its development path, the company added.

The V-BAT features a single-engine ducted fan, automatic transition to straight and level flight, ease of control, interchangeable payloads and an open architecture, Martin UAV said.

Heath Niemi, chief development officer at Martin UAV, said the V-BAT now plays an integral role in shaping mission requirements and capability offerings for future Navy operations.

According to the company, the VTOL is currently deployed in Department of Defense programs such as the Army’s Future Tactical UAS program. The technology is also used by a Marine Corps expeditionary unit and by the Coast Guard, Martin UAV said.

Martin UAV is a privately held technology company based in Plano, Texas. The company specializes in designing unmanned systems and associated flight control software.

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