Elbit’s Skylark C silently tracks marine targets

15 August, 2016

The Skylark small unmanned aerial system (SUAS) is powered by an electric engine. The mini drone can be covertly launched by small naval vessels and is designed for reconnaissance missions

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 The Skylark small unmanned aerial system (SUAS) is powered by an electric engine. The mini drone can be covertly launched by small naval vessels and is designed for reconnaissance missionsELBIT-UAS

Israeli defense systems developer Elbit Systmes has launches a new small unmanned aerial system (SUAS) system – Skylark C for maritime operations. The new system is based on Ebit’s operational experience from the field of unmanned aircrafts and from the skylark product family, which is already in operational use by many customer worldwide, including the Israeli Navy.

The Skylark C was added new and unique features that make it a more versatile system than its predecessors. These new features were designed specifically for maritime operations such as naval policing, reconnaissance missions on sea, observation, target acquisition and many more naval missions.  The system is used organically from the naval vessel, giving the vessel long range naval activity monitoring capabilities, remote target observation, coastal reconnaissance flights, covert continuous monitoring and much more. All in all, the system expands the intelligence capabilities of a naval vessel in quality as in range.ELBIT-MINI-UAS

The Skylark C system is comprised of an electric powered drone with a reduced visual and acoustic signature, specifically designed for covert operations such as coastal defense, counter terrorism ops and anti-pirating missions. The system is equipped with standard inertial navigation system (INS) guidance as well as a stabilised electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) payload.

During operational missions, the SUAS transmits a high quality video feed to the base station, in all light and weather conditions. The system is highly autonomous, allowing the operator full focus on the mission. a water-resistant casing that allows the Skylark C SUAS to be launched from a small boat using a catapult and recovered from the sea after a parachute landing. The system can be operated by as few as two operators, making it ideal for small special forces units.

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