Drone Aviation has begun to update a U.S. Army-owned tactical aerostat platform with a new technology designed to secure communication waveforms that soldiers use to connect during battlefield missions.
The company said ThursdayÂ it will perform updates for theÂ Winch Aerostat Small PlatformÂ to incorporate modern communications, intelligence, surveillance andÂ reconnaissance equipment via aÂ payload integration system.
WASP is built to transmit video and extend wireless communication range while being towed or operating inÂ a stationary position. The platform can soar at an altitude of up toÂ 1.5K feet to supportÂ ISR operationsÂ in remote locations.
The Army's WASPs were used in soldier training sessions, Department of Defense exercises and customer operations.
The mobile balloon-borne system works to also support multimission profiles in ground and aerial-based assets by retransmitting communications.