Airship for surveillance (photo : Defense Industry Daily)
Aria 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.