LTAS to supply sustainment equipment for US Army’s BiB systems

21 November 2013 (Last Updated November 21st, 2013 18:30)

World Surveillance Group's wholly owned subsidiary, Lighter Than Air Systems (LTAS) has secured a contract for supply of sustainment equipment for the US Army's Blimp in a Box (BiB) aerostat systems.

BiB system

World Surveillance Group's wholly owned subsidiary, Lighter Than Air Systems (LTAS) has secured a contract for supply of sustainment equipment for the US Army's Blimp in a Box (BiB) aerostat systems.

Awarded by A-T Solutions, the contract requires the company to supply BiB related components in support of the two BiB systems that are participating in training and evaluation exercises at the US Army Garrison in Fort Polk, Louisiana, US.

WSGI's president and CEO, Glenn Estrella, said the contract reflects the army's continued use of and training on BiBs systems.

''We intend to give the army our full support as our BiBs are placed through vigorous training exercises and evaluations,'' Estrella said.

The BiB aerostats were supplied in April and May, respectively, as part of a $605,000 contract awarded by the US Department of Defense (DoD) to another WSGI subsidiary, Global Telesat, in January of the same year.

The contract also included provision of on-location support for technical fact gathering, installation and training for soldiers in preparation for future military exercises involving the systems.

"We intend to give the army our full support as our BiBs are placed through vigorous training exercises and evaluations."

Equipped with a day and night electro-optical / infrared (EO/IR) camera, the BiB is a tethered system designed to provide troops with semi-persistent, mobile intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) at the platoon level in the battlefield.

Rapidly deployable by a two-man crew, the self-contained system also offers real-time day and night data for improvised explosive device (IED) and hostile activity detection, border security, as well as other governmental and civilian operations.

Packaged in an MRAP all-terrain vehicle (M-ATV), high-mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicle (HMMWV) or a pick-up truck towable box, the turnkey system is released by an automated launch and recovery system to an appropriate altitude to provide critical detection capabilities for several miles.

Deliveries under the contract are scheduled to commence immediately for planned completion in one month.


Image: the Blimp in a Box system offers mobile ISR imagery to warfighter at the platoon level. Photo: courtesy of Global Telesat Corp.

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