Tethered Aerostats

Product Overview

"Tethered aerostats are the most cost-effective and adaptable persistent surveillance platform on the market. Our aerostats and sensors have many thousands of hours of persistent flight time throughout Afghanistan providing military intelligence in order to defend our troops from IEDs and other insurgent activity around our forward bases. That mission has proven modern aerostats to be one of the most reliable and cost-efficient platforms in the world for persistent surveillance." - Lon Stroschein, Raven Aerostar VP & General Manager

Unmatched Performance in Lighter-Than-Air Technologies

Tethered Aerostats are lighter-than-air (LTA) aircraft. Raven Aerostar's tethered aerostat systems are expertly engineered to provide a ride for highly technical sensors, enhancing situational awareness and safety for a multitude of needs:

  • Surveillance
  • Intelligence Gathering
  • Reconnaissance
  • Research
  • Force Protection
  • Border/Port Security
  • Beyond Line of Sight (BLOS) Communication Relays
  • Situational Awareness
  • Rapid Acquisition
  • Disaster Response
  • Incident Awareness & Assessment
  • Monitoring Air Quality & Atmospheric Conditions

Raven Aerostar's Tethered Aerostat product line is the result of our extensive experience and proven history with lighter-than-air (LTA) technologies. In addition to providing the platform, Raven Aerostar offers a fully integrated, turnkey persistent surveillance solution, including mission-specific platforms, sensors and operational support.

Our Tethered Aerostat systems, available for purchase or lease, are designed to support a variety of payloads at altitudes ranging from a few hundred feet to several thousand feet. Our Tethered Aerostat systems can be tailored to meet our customer's mission requirements and challenging operational environments.

Facilities & Integrated Support

Raven Aerostar maintains a dedicated hangar and year-round flight operations facility in South Dakota, delivering tailored training programs, demonstrations, and testing year round. Our professional Flight Services team offers classroom sessions, hands-on operational and maintenance training, as well as on-site training programs at the customers’ location. Raven Aerostar also offers Field Service Representative (FSR) and Flight Director (FD) support, providing on-site assistance for maintenance, repair and day-to-day operations.


Raven Aerostar was awarded in 2011 for its outstanding service, unwavering commitment and tireless dedication as a supplier of vital tethered aerostats, used for force protection under Operation Enduring Freedom.