LTAS to supply custom aerostat systems to US Army Rapid Equipping Force

26 September 2013 (Last Updated September 26th, 2013 18:30)

Lighter Than Air Systems (LTAS) has been awarded a contract for delivery of custom aerostat systems and subcomponents to support the US Army Rapid Equipping Force (REF) missions.

STMPSAS system

Lighter Than Air Systems (LTAS) has been awarded a contract for delivery of custom aerostat systems and subcomponents to support the US Army Rapid Equipping Force (REF) missions.

Awarded by prime defence contractor Universal Solutions International, the unspecified contract requires the company, a wholly owned subsidiary of World Surveillance Group, to supply five custom aerostat systems and subcomponents, including winches, tank racks and related support equipment.

The custom-designed and engineered aerostat systems will be manufactured to offer capabilities for specific mission requirements, according to the company.

WSGI president and CEO, Glenn Estrella, said the critical aerostat systems and components will immediately support the US troops in ongoing sensitive operations.

''We will work diligently to prepare the aerostat systems for prompt delivery and deployment,'' Estrella said.

''We intend to continue to execute on our strategy to provide tactical aerostat solutions for military and commercial applications both at home and globally."

"The critical aerostat systems and components will immediately support the US troops in ongoing sensitive operations."

The award follows a contract secured by the company for delivery of seven custom-engineered, critical aerostat launcher main winches and spare components to support the REF's small tactical multi-payload aerostat system (STMPAS) in April 2013.

Awarded by the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI), the contract covered supply of LTAS aerostat launcher sub-systems, including a heavy-duty main winch, supporting electronics, onboard power charging, as well as remote control for simplified user operation.

Manufactured by Carolina Unmanned Vehicles (CUV), STMPAS is a tactical aerostat system, designed provide the army with intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) capability for detection of improvised explosive devices and other threats.

The aerostat systems and associated components ordered under the new contract are scheduled to be delivered in staged shipments directly into active overseas operations to support US soldiers within the next one month.


Image: small tactical multi-payload aerostat system floats during the Rapid Equipping Force's technology display in US. Photo: courtesy of Katie E. Nelson.

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