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AFCEA West 2012: Hybrid aerostat nears completion

27th January 2012 - 09:26 GMT | by Beth Stevenson in San Diego, US

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Sofcoast's efforts to develop the Small Tactical Hybrid Aerostat are coming to fruition, with the CEO of the company predicting it is near completion.

John Surmont told Shephard at the AFCEA West conference in San Diego, US on 26 January that the aerostat has been in development for more than four years, and he expects it to be ready by the end of this year.

'This system was created out of a necessity. There is not a simple way for the soldier in the military to put a sensor in the sky easily,' he explained.

'Why do we have to

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Beth Stevenson

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Beth is a former senior reporter for Digital Battlespace and Unmanned Vehicles magazines. Beth graduated …

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