The Mexican Navy has deployed T-20 JUMP Fixed Wing VTOL UAV of Arcturus UAV for unspecified operations in Mexico.
The customer took delivery of the VTOL system in March, the company announced Monday.
The T-20 JUMP is a VTOL variant of Arcturus UAV's catapult launched T-20 platform. The T-20 JUMP operates without any special launch or recovery equipment. Gross payload capacity is 60 lbs. The Mexican Navy configuration with EO/IR sensor has approximately 15 hours of endurance and 75 mile data link range. An EO/IR and EW capable version offers 11 hours of endurance. Mexico has operated a fleet of catapult launch T-20s since 2014.
Arcturus has proposed the T-20 JUMP VTOL platform for MEUAS III, USSOCOM's worldwide UAS services contract. Arcturus has also proposed a heavy fuel version of the T-20 JUMP for the Royal Australian Navy's Tactical Unmanned Aircraft Program.
Beechcraft Corporation has delivered two T-6C+ military trainers ordered earlier this year to the Mexican Navy Secretaría de Marina (SEMAR), as well as one King Air 350ER. “Being chosen by the Mexican Navy for this modernization program shows a superior level of confidence not only in Beechcraft products to fill its mission requirements, but in the product support well provide as part of the agreement,” said Russ Bartlett, president, Beechcraft Defense Company
Arcturus UAV is being awarded one of three contracts for a maximum of $475,000,000 for Mid-Endurance Unmanned Aircraft Systems (MEUAS III). The contract is to supply MEUAS III systems to the US Special Operations Command to provide intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance services at multiple locations worldwide
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