British company BAE was awarded a $23.8 million contract to develop two complete Airborne Wide Area Persistent Surveillance Sensor systems and two spare sensors. BAE announced Thursday it has delivered the first of the AWAPSS systems to the Army.
The AWAPSS is an airborne persistent surveillance system designed to provide the Army with next-generation high-resolution, electro-optic and infrared imaging situational awareness capabilities.
"AWAPSS is an adaptation of BAE Systems' unique reconnaissance technology," Howard Weinstein, BAE Systems AWAPSS program director, said in a statement.
"It's a compact, lightweight, high-performance system that will play a vital part in saving the lives of our troops."