Drone Aviation has secured a contract to supply aerostat related equipment to support the US Army’s Blimp in a Box (BiB) systems.
Under the contract, the company will supply aerostat related equipment, including lighter-than-air (LTA) helium-based aerial assets, that will be used to support ongoing solider training and operations.
Drone Aviation Holding chief executive officer Felicia Hess said: "We are proud to have the opportunity to work closely with our government customers who utilise our platforms on an ongoing basis.
"As the systems continue to operate in tough tactical environments we will push to enhance the capabilities on the BiB and WASP systems, including new sensor packages and long-range wireless capabilities, to further support their requirements."
Equipped with a day and night electro-optical / infrared camera, the BiB is a tethered system designed to provide troops with semi-persistent, mobile intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance 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 and hostile activity detection, border security, as well as other governmental and civilian operations.
Packaged in a mine resistant ambush protected all-terrain vehicle, high-mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicle or a pick-up truck towable box, the turnkey system is released by an automated launch and recovery system to an appropriate altitude, providing critical detection capabilities for several miles.
The system requires only a 15 minute recovery and re-launch between Helium replenishment ‘top-offs’ every 24 to 36 hours, and is currently used in a number of defence, police and transportation applications.