Drone Aviation has completed operator training on winch aerostat small platform (WASP) elevated relay system (ERS) tactical aerostat for the US Army.
The training was carried out at a US Army base in the Pacific Ocean. It is part of a single contract awarded to the company in March 2018.
The more than $1.7m contract involved the delivery of the next-generation multi-mission capable tactical WASP ERS, as well as high-performance payloads for day / night intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR), secure multi-frequency and multi-waveform communications.
The contract award was the third repeat order for the WASP by the US Army and the system was delivered in October.
Drone Aviation chairman and CEO Jay Nussbaum said: “We are proud that our team was able to work closely with our army customer to complete the soldier training on the WASP ERS’ enhanced multi-mission capability.
“This is the third WASP order from this customer, a testament to the positive feedback we continue to receive from the soldiers, and we look forward to further meeting their evolving mission requirements and supporting their future operations.”
With extended range communication of up to 40km, the WASP ERS uses multi-frequency and multi-waveform radios.
The highly tactical and mobile aerostat system WASP can be operated by two soldiers either from a stationary position or while being towed.
The system is designed to operate at altitudes of up to 1,500ft above ground level and supports extended ISR capabilities and secure communications in remote locations.
It provides a day and night video secure multi-frequency and multi-waveform wireless communication range extension capability.
US Army soldiers have completed several hours of training operations in the last four years.