Martin UAV kicks off its UAS Increment 2 prototype with US NAVAIR

According to a press release published by Shield AI on November 16, 2021, the defense-technology company using self-driving software to enable collaborative teams of unmanned aircraft to operate in GPS- and RF-denied environments, announced that Martin UAV (a Shield AI company) kicked off its Multi-Mission Tactical UAS Increment 2 (Mi2) prototype effort with Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD).
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 V-BAT Unmanned Aircraft System (Picture source: Martin UAV)

The company’s goal is to deliver the full Mi2 prototype version of its V-BAT Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) to the U.S. government for operational testing and acceptance.

The successful completion of this agreement will provide Martin UAV a possible opportunity to enter into an official Program of Record with the Government to continue improving the V-BAT 128 based on warfighter input and relevant battlefield capability gaps.

Each system delivered will follow the pattern of equipment delivery, personnel training, and a government test event, supported by Martin UAV personnel.

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.