Wednesday, November 30, 2022

U.S. Navy tests Vanilla unmanned aerial vehicle from moving truck

A Vanilla ultra endurance land-launched unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) participated in U.S. Pacific Fleet’s Unmanned Integrated Battle Problem (UxS IBP) 21 at Naval Base Ventura County, Point Mugu, according to a recent service news release.

The VA001 Vanilla is long-endurance aircraft (MALE) unmanned aircraft system (UAS) designed and built by Vanilla Aircraft for military forces intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR), and aerial mesh network relay missions.

As noted by the company, Vanilla UAS has demonstrated world-record endurance, and is capable of multi-mission beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) operations providing days of time-on-target or thousands of miles of search capacity on a single flight. No other system provides the endurance, payload capacity, and cost-profile of Vanilla Unmanned.


The UAS is designed to carry multi-spectral imaging sensors for aerial remote sensing missions and communications relay payload to provide reliable communication to tactical units operating in difficult terrains.

Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Schutt

It can also be fitted with electro-optical sensors to provide intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance data.

The drone system can be launched from a special platform installed on the pick-up.

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