US-based Drone Aviation Holding Corporation (DRNE) has secured a $194,000 contract to provide its winch aerostat small platform (WASP) system to the US Department of Defense (DoD).
Awarded by BAE Systems, the contract covers the supply of technical upgrades to US Army WASP systems.
The US Army uses the system to support ground-based soldiers and aerial retransmissions.
The WASP is equipped with a newly upgraded and modular aerial payload interface unit (APIU), and supports interchangeable payloads, including advanced ISR / video / SIGINT and re-trans communication systems.
DRNE chairman Jay Nussbaum said: "The second generation WASP is the result of our DoD-focused strategy with continuing improvements from extensive field tests and operational feedback from soldiers, our military customers and our team over the past few years.
"The Gen 2 system enhances an already highly capable platform that is redefining the roll of modern, mobile, tethered tactical aerostats.
"With its new capabilities, the WASP can provide enhanced force protection, situational awareness and communications range extension in a single, compact, cost-effective solution that can be operated nearly anywhere by just a few operators.
"Our goal over the next few months is to support the increased interest in the WASP by the military and assist our allies in combating the growing incidence of terrorism and armed conflicts now taking place around the world."
The WASP is a self-contained tactical aerostat system that enhances communications, reduces forward-positioning requirements for retransmissions, and facilitates operational dispersion.