Airship for RTA!

Airship for RTA …. this is the unexpected thing.

Well RTA give the reason that due to the southern insurgency, RTA needs its own ‘Eye in the sky’.

The current ‘Eye in the sky’ is AU-23A peacemaker of RTAF equipped with FLIR and some UAV types, own by RTA.

The coming Airship will be based in the south.

I do not know this is a good idea or not. Southern Thailand is not the thing like Iraq and Afganistan that US force also operates airship.

This deal also includes the survillance system, a high-definition day/night camera, installs on a unknown number of unknown type of RTA helicopter. I absolutely don’t know.

But the camera on helicopter ca be useful, at least for the other mission like border patrol to combat illegal trade and drug, this kind of mission needs an asset like this.

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Thailand Contracts Aria for Blimps, Communications
04-May-2009 15:49 EDT

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Aria International, Inc. recently announced a contract from the Royal Thai Army to provide in-country surveillance and communications solutions and services, for an aggregate purchase price of $9.7 million. The RTA surveillance system consists of a manned airship with military-grade imaging and communications systems, a state-of-the-art Mobile Command and Control Vehicle, and upgrades to existing communications and facilities to receive real-time surveillance data.

Thailand has the questionable distinction of being saddled with the bloodiest Islamist insurgency most people have never heard of…

The Thai government recently began to alter its approach, but this does not remove the need for military operations – or for the long-endurance surveillance that must accompany holding operations in contested zones. Major General Chawalit Srisilpanandana, Director General-Directorate of the Royal Thai Army’s Logistics Department, says that:

“The deployment of these new systems and services by Aria International Incorporated will make a significant impact on the capabilities of our deployed forces in the South of Thailand.”

Under this contract, Aria is responsible for integrating all system components and delivering a complete turn-key solution, conducting initial operations and continuing maintenance tasks as well as providing the training to the RTA personnel on the equipment. A condition of the contract requires the Company to configure equipment in the U.S. and integrate and deliver the hardware in Thailand within 120-days of contract award.

Aria will also provide the RTA with certain ancillary services including installation, training and the construction of an airship hangar. Aria International release.

http://www.defenseindustrydaily.com/Tha … ons-05401/

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Aria International Incorporated Awarded $9.7 Million Contract from the Royal Thai Army

Released: 04/30/09 08:00 AM EDTAria International Incorporated, the wholly-owned subsidiary of Aria International Holdings, Inc. (OTC BB:ARAHE, “Aria”), a company focused on providing specialized surveillance and communications solutions to a global customer base is pleased to announce today that it has been awarded a contract from the Kingdom of Thailand, Royal Thai Army (“RTA”) to provide in-country surveillance and communications solutions and services. The RTA agreed to purchase certain intelligence and surveillance equipment from Aria for an aggregate purchase price of $9.7 million. Aria will also provide the RTA with certain ancillary services including installation, training and the construction of an airship hangar. A condition of the contract requires the Company to configure equipment in the U.S. and integrate and deliver the hardware in Thailand and the terms of the contract require delivery within 120-days of contract award.

The Royal Thai Army selected Aria International Incorporated after a number of real-time demonstrations of the system that were conducted in the United States. The RTA system is composed of select airborne assets, imagery capability from high-definition cameras and down linked communication facilities to a mobile command platform that are targeted to meet the requirements for this special procurement. Under this contract, Aria is responsible for integrating all system components and delivering a complete turn-key solution, conducting initial operations and continuing maintenance tasks as well as providing the training to the RTA personnel on the equipment.

The RTA surveillance system consists of a manned airship with special state-of-the-art imaging and communications systems, a state-of-the-art Mobile Command and Control Vehicle, and upgrades to existing communications and facilities to receive real-time surveillance data. Aria staff will train Royal Thai Army personnel to pilot, effectively utilize and maintain the deployed surveillance and communications systems. In addition to the cameras on the airship, Aria will also install and integrate high-definition day/night camera systems on select Royal Thai Army helicopters. President of Aria International, Mr. Mike “Bing” Crosby, stated: “the employment of a manned airship and upgraded helicopters equipped with state-of-the-art surveillance and communications systems, provides the Royal Thai Army another system with the necessary capabilities it requires to counter the increased activity and threats of crime, drug trafficking and terrorism.”

“The deployment of these new systems and services by Aria International Incorporated will make a significant impact on the capabilities of our deployed forces in the South of Thailand,” Major General Chawalit Srisilpanandana, Director General-Directorate of Logistics Department stated. “The RTA is contracting with Aria for these services because of their unique experience and ability to integrate into the mission of our forces; we look forward to a very long and successful relationship.”

About Aria International Incorporated

Aria International Incorporated is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Aria International Holdings, Inc. (“Aria”). Aria is focused on providing specialized surveillance and communications solutions to a global customer base. Aria operates as a solutions provider, systems integrator, and operator of surveillance and communications systems. Working closely with our clients in a flexible and responsive manner, we are able to provide highly effective solutions that respond well to our customers’ defense and security requirements. For more information, visit http://www.aria-int.com.

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One Response to Airship for RTA!

  1. PeterS says:

    Not many armies have blimps…. Hopefully it will be a success.

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