KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL -- (Marketwired) -- 02/13/14 -- Lighter Than Air Systems Corp. ("LTAS"), a wholly owned subsidiary of World Surveillance Group Inc. (OTCQB: WSGI), a developer of lighter-than-air aerostats and unmanned aerial systems, has announced that aerostat systems provided by LTAS to the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command ("SMDC")/Army Forces Strategic Command will participate in the U.S. Army's Network Integration Experiment ("NIE") 14.2 taking place at Fort Bliss, TX and White Sands Missile Range, NM during April and May, 2014. The two Winch Aerostat Small Platforms ("WASP") will be returning to NIE 14.2 as a Baseline System following their successful mission at NIE 14.1 as a System Under Evaluation. The Army's NIEs evaluate and integrate current and prospective systems thereby driving changing requirements, procurement, and field recommendations.
The WASP is a mobile, tactical-sized aerostat capable of carrying a variety of payloads in support of military operations helping troops in the field have a tactical edge while communicating over greater distances. The WASP leverages aerostat technology to elevate network payloads to an advantaged height to enable persistent network connectivity while reducing risk to units conducting missions.
The NIE 14.2 exercises are intended to evaluate joint force network capabilities; improve unified land operations with communications nodes based on aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles ("UAVs"); integrate networking technologies into the armored brigade combat team; develop ways to deliver, collect and process integrated, multi-source intelligence to front-line warfighters; and make field command posts more mobile and efficient. The NIE 14.2 exercises also will involve beyond line of sight communications; expeditionary signal brigade tropospheric scatter communications; network intrusion prevention; cellular communications; electromagnetic spectrum operation; condition based maintenance; and operational energy solutions.
LTAS produces various tactical aerostat systems, all of which are turn-key, self contained systems mounted to a compact trailer for use with various military or commercial vehicles. The LTAS aerostat systems are engineered to provide significant benefits, including reduced acquisition, maintenance and overall operation costs, smaller footprint necessary for infrastructure and operations, reduced operators required to manage the aerostat, decreased time for inflation/deflation, faster launch and recovery, and a simplified process. The LTAS tactical aerostat systems include fixed and remote controls, multiple winches, custom software and electronics, and self contained helium storage with rapid inflation and deflation systems for simplified user operation. The systems are designed to act as either an eye-in-the sky or a floating aerial communications tower depending on the payload to provide intelligence, surveillance and reconnaisance and communications for, among other applications, military, security, and disaster scenarios.
About World Surveillance Group Inc.
World Surveillance Group Inc. (OTCQB: WSGI) designs, develops, markets and sells autonomous, lighter-than-air advanced aerostats and UAS capable of carrying payloads that provide persistent intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance ("ISR"), security and/or wireless communications solutions at low and mid altitudes. WSGI's aerial assets are designed for integration with electronics systems and other high technology payloads for use by government-related and commercial entities that require real-time ISR or communications support for military, homeland defense, border control, drug interdiction, natural disaster relief, maritime and environmental missions. For more information regarding WSGI, please visit www.wsgi.com, or view our reports and filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission on http://www.sec.gov.
About Lighter Than Air Systems Corp.
Lighter Than Air Systems Corp. (LTAS), a wholly owned subsidiary of World Surveillance Group Inc (WSGI) provides critical aerial and land based surveillance and communications solutions to Government and commercial customers. LTAS systems are designed and developed in-house utilizing proprietary technologies and processes that result in compact, rapidly deployable aerostat solutions and mast based systems that have been proven to fulfill critical requirements by the military and law enforcement in the U.S. and to our allies around the world.
Certain statements in this release constitute forward-looking statements, including the participation of LTAS' aerostat systems in NIE 14.2, LTAS' relationships with the NIE, the Army, SMDC or others and our ability to continue and/or expand such relationships, the ability to shift field recommendations or receive orders based on the LTAS aerostat systems' participation in NIE 14.2, the intended operations at and expected results of NIE 14.2, the suitability of the LTAS aerostat systems for any particular application, the ability of the LTAS aerostat systems to satisfy customer demands or requirements or meet any specific challenges, the ability of the LTAS aerostat systems to function in accordance with its design expectations, the capabilities, characteristics and advantages of, and costs related to, the LTAS aerostat systems or the Company's other technology, products and services, the further advancement, development or commercialization of any of LTAS' or the Company's products, the ability of the Company or LTAS to secure business with new customers or grow revenues, and the ability of the Company to execute on its strategies or to accomplish any of its goals or objectives. The words "forecast," "project," "intend," "expect," "plan, " "should," "would," and similar expressions and all statements, which are not historical facts, are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements involve and are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, any of which could cause the Company to not achieve some or all of its goals or the Company's previously reported actual results, performance (finance or operating) to change or differ from future results, performance (financing and operating) or achievements, including those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. The Company assumes no, and hereby disclaims any, obligation to update the forward-looking statements contained in this press release.