US-based advanced aviation technology manufacturer Martin UAV is set to demonstrate its newly upgraded version of the V-BAT vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) unmanned aircraft system (UAS).

Named V-BAT 128, the aircraft will take part in the US Army Expeditionary Warrior Experiment (AEWE) 2021.

Demonstrations will be conducted on 19, 23 and 26 February, and 2 March.

During the AEWE, the V-BAT 128 UAS will display its enhanced engine horsepower, interchangeable payloads of 25lb excluding fuel weight and 11 hours of endurance.

According to the company, further improvements delivered to the aircraft include a higher ceiling (20,000ft).

Martin UAV chief development officer Heath Niemi said: “We are honoured to be a part of AEWE, being among some of the best organisations in the industry, to support their efforts to explore increased innovation.

“We have listened to our customers and are excited to deploy our upgraded V-BAT, displaying how Martin UAV is increasing mission capability, security and mitigating operational risk.

“The V-BAT’s versatility and agile nature of its competencies lend itself well for the varied needs of the army and we could not be more excited about the upcoming demo days.”

The company’s V-BAT aircraft supports various operations for the US Army, US Marine Corps and the US Southern Command (SOUTHCOM).

AEWE started on 5 February at Fort Benning in Georgia, US. It will conclude on 5 March.

As a primary venue for Small Unit modernisation, AEWE evaluates Cross Domain Manoeuvre (CDM) concepts and capabilities. It aids US Army modernisation efforts.

Last month, the US Army evaluated Rafael SPIKE Short Range (SR) missile at AEWE.