Global Telesat, a wholly owned subsidiary of World Surveillance Group (WSGI), has received a contract from the US Department of Defense (DoD) for its Blimp in a Box (BiB) aerostat systems.
Under the terms of the $605,000 contract, Global Telesat will provide a set of BiB systems, in addition to on-location support for technical fact gathering, installation and training to the DoD.
Sought after a demonstration to the DoD in December 2012, BiB is scheduled to be deployed at an undisclosed army base for provision of semi-persistent, mobile intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) data at platoon level.
WSGI president and CEO Glenn Estrella said the company would deliver the system that to support soldiers in provision of aerial reconnaissance for moving army units.
"We and GTC look forward to working with the DoD and our customers to deliver advanced systems that meet their demanding and critical requirements," Estrella said.
Designed for rapid deployment by a two man crew, the BiB is a tethered, lighter than air (LTA) system designed to provide real-time day and night data for ISR missions, improvised explosive device (IED) detection, border security, as well as other governmental and civilian purposes.
Packaged in a box that can be towed behind a mine-resistant ambush protected (MRAP) all-terrain vehicle (M-ATV), a high-mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicle (HMMWV) or a pick-up truck, the turnkey system is released by an automated launch and recovery system to an appropriate operational altitude to provide critical detection capabilities for several miles.
Consisting of a day and night electro-optical / infrared camera, the pre-packaged envelope is secured to a vehicle by a data capable tether and automatically inflates to mission specific pressure, enabling the vehicle to continue operations in any terrain.
Delivery, installation and onsite training for initial BiB systems, spares and payloads is scheduled to be complete by the end of March.