FAIRFAX, Va., Oct. 2 (UPI) -- Additional surveillance systems for use on tethered blimps have been ordered from Logos Technologies by the U.S. Naval Systems Command.
The Kestrel wide-area persistent surveillance systems by Logos will be used to support U.S. forces in the field by providing simultaneous tracking of multiple targets over many miles.
"Since the first units were deployed in Afghanistan, Kestrel has saved the lives of countless warfighters by preventing improvised explosive device attacks and providing our forces with greater situational awareness," said Greg Poe, chief executive officer of Logos Technologies.
"This new contract will extend that protection to more bases, and ultimately, more troops."
Under the contract, Logos Technologies will provide 20 Kestrel systems and spare parts, plus two units for testing and upgrading. Operational, logistical and analytical support will also be provided through next year.
"Kestrel is a force multiplier," said David Luber, Kestrel program manager for Logos Technologies. "It can track multiple targets in real time and record activity for up to 30 days. This allows an operator to uncover a whole enemy network."
The contract is worth $111.8 million.