US Army operator training on WASP ERS concluded
Drone Aviation has concluded US Army operator training on the Winch Aerostat Small Platform (WASP) elevated relay system (ERS) at the army’s base in Pacific Ocean, the company announced on 22 January.
Operating at altitudes of up to 1,500ft above ground level, the WASP tactical and mobile aerostat system can provide day/night video and secure multi-frequency and multi-wave form wireless communication from either a stationary position or while being towed. It features simultaneous multi-mission capabilities for extended range communications up to 40km.
The system can be operated by as few as two soldiers and can be configured rapidly to support a variety of mission requirements with customised payloads.
Drone Aviation delivered the WASP ERS to the US Army in October 2018 under a $1.7 million contract. This was the third repeat order for the WASP from the US Army.
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