Tactical Aerostat Systems

"They can carry a small camera, radar or listening device. The quick launch and recovery within minutes makes them suitable for tactical missions." - Lon Stroschein, Raven Director of Corporate Development
 

Strategic Defense on the Move

Tactical Aerostat Systems are ideal for quick inflation and rapid deployment. Carrying useful, lightweight payloads, they offer a stable platform for communications, intelligence gathering, surveillance and reconnaissance.

  • Emergency response
  • Aerial surveillance
  • Communication relay
  • Aerial targeting
  • Scientific research
  • Location marking
  • Wind indication
  • Aerial advertising

System Components

  • Aerostat envelope
  • Flying or Mooring Platform
  • Winch system
  • Tether lines

Specifications

Aerostat performance is dependent on flight altitude, operational elevation, payload weight, and weather conditions.

Model No. Length Diameter Maximum Payload Flight Altitude Range
ft m ft m lb kg ft AGL
TIF-6500 49.8 15.2 17 5.2 279 126 0 - 8,000
TIF-4500 44.4 13.5 15 4.6 128 58 0 - 3,000
TIF-3750 41.1 12.5 14 4.2 109 49 0 - 3,000
TIF-2675 36.2 11.0 12 3.7 85 38 0 - 3,000
TIF-1600 31.5 9.6 11 3.3 36 16 0 - 2,000

 

Longer Flights. Higher Altitudes.

We customize our Tactical Aerostat Systems for your mission requirements.

  • Dilation Panel

    • Equipped for missions requiring flight times greater than 8-12 hours

    • Allows the aerostat to maintain pressure through the diurnal (day/night) cycle and due to changes in flight altitude and weather conditions

  • Extended Tether Length

    • Equipped for missions requiring flight altitudes greater than 500 ft AGL

  • Powered Tethers

    • Power conductors and fiber optics can be integrated with the tether based on payload equipment needs

Advertising + Location Marking

The TIF-250 and TIF-460 tethered aerostats are our smallest Tactical Aerostat Systems. They are ideal advertising blimps and can be designed with custom artwork for events and promotions. Their aerodynamic shape also allows for accurate location marking as well as correct indication of wind direction.

Specifications

Model No. Length Diameter Maximum Payload Flight Altitude Range
ft m ft m lb kg ft AGL
TIF-460 20.8 6.3 7 2.1 8 3.6 0 - 1,000
TIF-250 16.9 5.2 6 1.7 3 1.4 0 - 500