HAIFA , Israel , December 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Elbit Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ: ESLT) announced that Skylark(R) II, was selected by the Korean military as a preferred solution in a tender involving extensive technical tests and including UAV manufacturers from all over the world.
The first phase of the contract includes a comprehensive Skylark(R) II system while additional systems are expected in the future.
The Skylark(R) II mini UAV system is designed for data collection, observation and target marking missions for ranges exceeding 60 kilometers. Its silent, electric propulsion system, allows for optimal performance during day, night and adverse weather missions. The system It offers a full cycle operation that is possible with a 2 person crew only.
Skylark(R) II is based on the combat experience of the Skylark(R) I, which is already used in various battlefields by numerous customers worldwide
Haim Kellerman, Corporate Vice President and General Manager of Elbit Systems UAV Division said: We are proud to be selected by the Korean military and believe that Elbit Systems' unique qualities and operational experience in developing UAVs in general and mini UAVs in particular, will contribute to position the Skylark(R) II as a leader in its field. We believe the Skylark(R) II has great marketing potential as its unique features, including silent electrical propulsion system and efficient combat operating systems, are particularly suitable for brigade level and up, ground forces missions.
The Skylark(R) II system includes the UAVs and Ground Control Station. The system is deployed using a Humvee class field vehicles equipped with an integral launcher for point launch and recovery, and an advanced dual station Ground Control Station. It provides advanced, high performance ISTAR capabilities and is ideal for both military and homeland defense missions.
The Skylark(R) II boasts an electric propulsion system and is fitted with Elbit Systems Electro-Optics Elop's advanced Micro-CoMPASS(TM) multi-faceted payload (day sensor, cooled night sensor, laser illuminator and tracker) as well as Tadiran Spectralink's advanced digital communication system.
Last year the Skylark(R) II received POPULAR SCIENCE's "2006 Best of What's New" Award in the Aviation and Space category.
About Elbit Systems
Elbit Systems Ltd. is an international defense electronics company engaged in a wide range of defense-related programs throughout the world. The Elbit Systems Group, which includes the company and its subsidiaries, operates in the areas of aerospace, land and naval systems, command, control, communications, computers, intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance ("C4ISR"), unmanned air vehicle (UAV) systems, advanced electro-optics, electro-optic space systems, EW suites, airborne warning systems, ELINT systems, data links and military communications systems and radios. The Group also focuses on the upgrading of existing military platforms and developing new technologies for defense, homeland security and commercial aviation applications.