Drone AviationÂ has integrated government-furnished intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissanceÂ equipment onto a company-builtÂ tactical airship platform as part of a $346,000 contract fromÂ the Defense Department.
The companyÂ said WednesdayÂ it addedÂ communications and optical sensor systemsÂ to the Winch Aerostat Small PlatformÂ in an effort to increaseÂ the platform’s flexibility to perform missions and addressÂ ISR support requirements.
WASP is also equipped with updated data network range and voice extension payloads thatÂ usesÂ proprietary architecture and encryption technology.
“Today’s military and security forces are increasingly demanding persistent, mobile, small footprint tactical solutions that can do more without high acquisition costs and significant contractor logistical support, requirements,” said Bruce Hardy, vice president of sales atÂ Drone Aviation.
Hardy addedÂ the platform also works toÂ supportÂ mobile operations and military missions.
U.S. Army-owned WASPsÂ have participated inÂ soldier trainings, DoD exercises and customer operations over theÂ past four years, Drone AviationÂ noted.
WASPÂ currently serves asÂ DoD’sÂ mobile, tactical aerial system for various ISR mission applications.