The JUMP 20 VTOL Medium UAS exceeded expectations during the recent U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/4th Fleet Hybrid Fleet Campaign Event (HFCE), showcasing its remarkable capabilities in the maritime domain. This unmanned aircraft provided invaluable ship-based intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, and targeting (ISR-T) support to USFOURTHFLT and USSOUTHCOM during a week-long exercise aboard the USNS Burlington.
The JUMP 20 has a robust track record, having accumulated over 130,000 hours of flight time in support of U.S. Special Operations Command combat deployments on land. Its expansion into shipboard operations demonstrates AeroVironment’s commitment to offering these essential services globally.
During HFCE, the JUMP 20 exhibited its ability to launch and recover at speeds exceeding 20 knots, all while maintaining full autonomous control from takeoff to landing. Notably, it doesn’t require specialized launch or recovery equipment or personnel on the flight deck during these crucial maneuvers, ensuring maximum operational safety and flexibility for users.
With its vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) capability, outstanding endurance, and payload capacity, the JUMP 20 significantly enhances the operational capabilities of the U.S. and its allies, particularly in the context of great power competition. This UAS exemplified how unmanned systems are pivotal in supporting distributed operations across multiple domains, aligning with national security objectives and the needs of our warfighters.
AeroVironment’s Vice President and Product Line General Manager for Medium UAS, Shane Hastings, emphasized the system’s combat effectiveness and its performance during HFCE, underlining its value in maritime operations. The JUMP 20’s ability to launch and land autonomously at high speeds, without requiring personnel intervention, bolsters a ship’s operational efficiency and empowers operators to concentrate on critical mission tasks.