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Drone Aviation wins order for WASP aerostat systems

8th May 2015 - 11:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Drone Aviation has received an order for a set of Winch Aerostat Small Platform (WASP) aerostat systems from defence contractor Troll Systems, the company announced on 5 May.

The agreement will see Troll and Drone Aviation integrate the L-3 Wescam MX-10 advanced optical sensor system into the WASP platform for an international customer. Integration is planned to commence in May and initial flight testing will take place by the third quarter of 2015.

Felicia Hess, CEO, Drone Aviation Holding Corp, said: 'Drone Aviation is pleased to partner with Troll Systems to expand the capabilities of our WASP platform and to help them meet the stringent requirements of their overseas customers.

'With the addition of the L-3 Wescam MX-10 optical package, we are greatly expanding the operational capabilities of the WASP tethered aerostat system, further demonstrating the platform's ability to flexibly deliver simple, secure and cost effective tactical surveillance and communications to customers.'

Drone Aviation's WASP aerostat utilises a high-strength tether line connected to the ground. Its systems are intended for semi-persistent, mobile ISR and extended communications for various applications. WASP aerostats are currently in use in several US Department of Defense (DoD) applications as well as by state and local police and departments of transportation.

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