U.S. Army Trains with Tactical Unmanned Aerostats

By Mike Ball / 27 Jan 2019
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Drone Aviation WASP tactical aerostat

Drone Aviation Holding Corp., a manufacturer of tethered drones and lighter-than-air aerostats, has announced that it has concluded U.S. Army operator training on the newly delivered Winch Aerostat Small Platform (“WASP”) Elevated Relay System (ERS) at a U.S. Army base in the Pacific ocean.

The WASP ERS is Drone Aviation Holding Corp’s latest generation of tactical aerostats. The state-of-the-art WASP features simultaneous multi-mission capabilities for extended range communications up to 40km. This capability utilizes multi-frequency and multi-wave form radios operating in parallel with high performance ISR payloads designed for day/night Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions. This award was the third repeat order for the WASP by this customer and is the result of a growing number of successful international deployments with military personnel.

“We are proud that our team was able to work closely with our Army customer to complete the soldier training on the WASP ERS’ enhanced multi-mission capability. This is the third WASP order from this customer, a testament to the positive feedback we continue to receive from the soldiers, and we look forward to further meeting their evolving mission requirements and supporting their future operations,” said Jay Nussbaum, Chairman and CEO of Drone Aviation.

The WASP is a highly tactical and mobile aerostat system which can be operated by as few as two soldiers and can provide day/night video, secure multi-frequency and multi-wave form wireless communication range extension capability at the edge of the battlefield from either a stationary position or while being towed.

Over the past four years, U.S. Army-owned WASP systems have successfully completed thousands of hours of soldier training operations, various DoD exercises, and customer operations. WASP is currently being utilized by the DoD as a mobile, tactical aerial solution that can support multi-mission profiles involving ground and aerial-based assets through communication retransmission. Operating at altitudes of up to 1,500 feet AGL, the WASP system can significantly extend ISR capabilities and secure communications in remote and austere locations. The soldier-operated systems can be rapidly configured to support a variety of mission requirements for days, weeks or months with customized payloads.

Posted by Mike Ball Mike Ball is our resident technical editor here at Unmanned Systems Technology. Combining his passion for teaching, advanced engineering and all things unmanned, Mike keeps a watchful eye over everything related to the unmanned technical sector. With over 10 years’ experience in the unmanned field and a degree in engineering, Mike’s been heading up our technical team here for the last 8 years. Connect & Contact