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Martin UAV VTOL unmanned aircraft taps Persistent Systems Wave Relay data link technology

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Mobile ad hoc networking provider delivers data link technology to Martin UAV systems.

Engineers at Martin UAV LLC in Rohnert Park, Calif., will incorporate Wave Relay mobile ad hoc network(MANET) technology from Persistent Systems LLC in New York into the company’s V-BAT small, vertical takeoff-and-landing (VTOL) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), also commonly called an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) or drone. The companies have entered into a five-year partnership.

“The military requires a smaller footprint for takeoff and landing, while also needing larger payloads and longer range,” Martin UAV Chief Operating Officer Phil Jones explains. “Using the V-BAT VTOL with the MPU5 and the Wave Relay MANET will enable us to meet all these requirements.”

Persistent’s Embedded Module integrated onto the Martin UAV V-BAT VTOL system enables operators to switch rapidly between different radio-frequency (RF) modules – L-Band, S-Band, C-Band, and BAS-Band – to meet multiband RF mission requirements.

As part of the Wave Relay ecosystem, Martin UAV’s systems seamlessly connect to any Wave Relay-enabled UAS, unmanned ground vehicle (UGV), sensor, and camera, officials say. Users of Persistent’s MPU5 handheld MANET radio will be able to interface with the V-BAT as well as other unmanned systems on the network.

“Persistent’s vision is to deliver the network to tactical operators. As Martin UAV incorporates Wave Relay MANET technology into the V-BAT, dismounted users gain an airborne network relay, while simultaneously increasing the V-BAT’s overall range and network performance,” adds Louis Sutherland, vice president of business development for Persistent Systems.
 
Martin’s V-BAT series aircraft is the only single-engine, ducted-fan VTOL with the ability to take off and land from a hover, fly 8-plus hours in horizontal flight, and make midflight transitions to “hover and stare” at any time throughout a given mission set, officials say. The company’s V-BAT UAS is a true VTOL, not a hybrid, capable of multimission transitions, near 100kt dash speed in a mechanically simple, scalable, payload-agnostic design, they add.