It has been reported that The US Military Sealift Command’s expeditionary fast transport vessel USNS Spearhead (T-EPF 1) have been testing a range of unmanned systems during a two-day underway out at sea.
One of the less prominent systems that was tested was the V-BAT vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).
The MartinUAV-built V-BAT is a long endurance drone for shipboard and confined area operation. A ducted fan design maximizes operational safety by eliminating exposed rotors.
The aircraft is launched and recovered in a 20 x 20 ft clearing and can fly for up to 8+ hours with a 8+ lb payload.
The UAV is also in the running to replace the US Army’s Shadow tactical UAS.
Capable of soaring 15,000 feet in the air, the V-Bat drone is designed to snoop on enemy communications and geography – and even jam their tech.