Secure Our Oceans Project – TCOM’s Operational Class Aerostat Systems

TCOM offers the Operational Class Aerostat Systems that the company labels as ideal for maritime and border surveillance. These medium-sized systems are versatile and are capable of sustained deployments of up to two weeks. They are customizable, offering the consumer the flexibility to meet mission objectives.

Load it up: These systems can carry payloads that include radar, signals intelligence and communications devices and can reach altitudes as high as 915 meters (3000 ft)  above the ground control station.

The models: TCOM offers the TCOM 22M and TCOM 28M. The 22M can be assembled in a few hours and can be rapidly deployed without needing any special equipment. This model is operational in Afghanistan and is capable of carrying multiple intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance payloads. Based on the 22M, the 28M is one of the most widely-used aerostat systems, is battlefield ready and can be customized with a variety of payload configurations to meet mission requirements.


Payload Weight: 190 kilograms (425 lbs)
Altitude: 900 meters (3000 ft)
Flight Duration: 14 days
Wind Speeds: 50 knots operational / 70 knots survival


The TCOM 22M is operational in Afghanistan.

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Payload Integration

After the aerostat system has been manufactured and tested, the payloads that were selected in the system design phase are then integrated onto the aerostat to complete the Aerostat Persistent Surveillance System. The system undergoes final testing to verify that it meets the customer’s operational requirements.

Engineered for Performance

TCOM begins system integration by mounting each payload in the locations chosen to provide the correct field of view, to minimize interference from other on-board payloads and to correctly balance the aerostat for flight. If required, TCOM can provide gimbal mounting for stabilization and INS/GPS for geo-referencing. Environmental packaging is added as required for lightweight weather protection, lightning and environmental protection. The size and weight of the payloads will dictate the load distribution for payload mounting trusses laced onto the aerostat structure. Power for the payloads is provided from power distribution modules in the on-board avionics. Two-way communications for data and control is provided to the Aerostat System Ground Control Station.  Here, at the ground control station, the data for the different sensors is correlated and displayed on a common operating display to verify successful integration. Where required by the customer, the data from the ground control station can be disseminated to multiple remote stations with recording and archiving and a full set of analysis tools. A comprehensive testing program is generated to ensure that the integrated system meets all the end user requirements.

Proven Global Success

The result of TCOM’s approach to the provision of Aerostat Persistent Surveillance Systems is unmatched and well documented. TCOM has provided aerostat systems with integrated multiple active and passive sensors in more countries around the world than any other aerostat system provider.