Martin UAV has announced a collaboration with the US Coast Guard Research and Development Center (RDC), to began a contractor-owned, contractor-operated deployment on-board a Coast Guard cutter in the SOUTHCOM area of responsibility, the company said.
The project, which is utilizing the Martin UAV V-BAT, is part of an effort to assess how Vertical Take-off and Landing (VTOL) medium-range UAS capabilities might be used to support Coast Guard operations, including Beyond Visual Line of Sight operations.
The patrol data can be used to refine a concept of operations and requirements for installing and integrating VTOL UAS across current and future Coast Guard cutter classes. This is the first evaluation of a VTOL medium-range UAS during a Coast Guard patrol.
Martin UAV is a private, advanced technology company based in Plano, TX. The company specializes in building wholly unique, unmanned aircraft systems and associated flight control software.