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Elbit Systems has developed the Skylark3, a new autonomous mini-Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS), best suited for brigades and divisions in “beyond the next hill” reconnaissance, counterinsurgency and force protection missions, as well as for use in a range of civil applications, such as border and coastal security and anti-terror operations. The new system has already been selected by an undisclosed customer.

Leveraging the proven technology and operational experience of the Skylark family of mini-UAS, Skylark 3 offers a wide range of system enhancements, including a significantly larger range (more than 100 km), flight endurance (up to 6 hours) and payload capacity (up to 10 kg). Launched via a pneumatic launcher, mounted either on the ground or on a vehicle, Skylark 3 offers upgrades such as improved payloads with better target detection, classification and surveillance capabilities. These deliver Electro Optical/Infrared (EO/IR) video and photographic imaging in both day and night operations and in adverse field conditions. The aerial vehicle incorporates an electric motor which reduces sound signature and enables operating over long distances and at high altitudes. It has a 4.8 m wingspan, a maximum takeoff weight of 45 kg, and a service ceiling of 15,000 ft.

To support interoperability, Skylark 3 uses the same technologies found in other Elbit Systems’ UAS. In addition, through a shared GCS, two Skylark 3 vehicles can be assigned to the same mission simultaneously, meaning a consistent target acquisition is maintained from two aspects. This also offers ground forces the ability to significantly extend the flight endurance of their mission by performing UAS hot-swap.

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