Drone Aviation to integrate sensors on US Army’s WASP tactical aerostats

25 August 2016 (Last Updated August 25th, 2016 18:30)

Drone Aviation has received a contract from a US Department of Defense (DoD) prime contractor for sensor integration on winch aerostat small platform (WASP) tactical aerostats.

Drone Aviation has received a contract from a US Department of Defense (DoD) prime contractor for sensor integration on winch aerostat small platform (WASP) tactical aerostats.

The contract includes equipment and engineering services to integrate an advanced sensor suite onto WASP tactical aerostats previously acquired and currently operated by the DoD.

The technology integration work under the $125,000 deal is expected to be completed by the end of this year.

"This highly tactical and mobile aerostat system can operate at altitudes of up to 1,500ft AGL with launch sites at 6,000ft ASL."

Drone Aviation chairman and CEO Jay Nussbaum said: "We are honoured to be selected as the integration specialist for our customer seeking to add advanced sensors onto the WASP tactical aerostat.

"This award is further evidence of our leadership and the progress that we believe the WASP is making with our US Government customers.

"Thanks to the WASP's payload agnostic architecture, our customers can deploy a wide array of sensors packages enabling it to flexibly meet expanded mission profiles and requirements."

WASP has been designed to provide day / night video and wireless communication range extension from either a fixed, stationary position or while being towed.

This highly tactical and mobile aerostat system can operate at altitudes of up to 1,500ft AGL with launch sites at 6,000ft ASL.

It supports DoD's intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance mission profiles involving ground-based assets as well as aerial assets through communication retransmission.

The US Army-owned WASP systems have successfully completed thousands of hours of solider training operations and various DoD exercises over the past three years.