The Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC) Atlantic demonstrated STMPAS technology during the 21st Century Combined Arms Advanced Naval Technology Exercise 2019 (Photo: US Army)
Carolina Unmanned Vehicles has completed test support for the US Navy’s future aerostat communications solution.
Carolina Unmanned Vehicles (CUV) has successfully completed support for a series of tests supporting the Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC) Innovative Naval Science and Engineering (NISE) project, the Objective System Tactical Deployable Mobile User (MUOS).
The project aims to enable assured tactical communications using a UAS with an alternate payload for communications.
CUV support included an integration test and two system demonstrations. Both demonstrations were in conjunction with Exercise Advanced Naval Technology in April 2021 and Exercises Trident Warrior.
The tests used the CUV 3 Engineering Test Unit (ETU3), a development platform for the Small Tactical Multi-Payload Aerostat System (STMPAS).
STMPAS is a mobile, trailer-mounted tactical aerostat suitable for military missions such as persistent ISR, 24/7, C3 long-range (60+ miles) relays and acting as a C3 translation node .
Suitable for border surveillance and post-disaster emergency communications, it can maintain continuous BVLoS communication with low-altitude UAS at extended distances.
It has a minimum crew size of two technicians and is capable of C-130 Roll-on Roll-off.
Previous versions of STMPAS were deployed by the Army to provide ISR capability to small tactical units in Afghanistan.
The current version of STMPAS provides an improved launch timeline and allows movement of the system with the Helikite inflated on top of the trailer.