Elbit Systems is unveiling the Skylark 1LE Block II today at AUVSI 2012 in Las Vegas. Photo: Elbit Systems

Elbit Systems is introducing the latest version of the Skylark small UAV, evolved from the operational experience gained from extensive use of the Skylark I-LE with coalition forces in Afghanistan and Israel Defense Forces. The new Skylark I-LE Block II extends operational range up to 15 km, maintains approximately 3 hours of endurance. The new vehicle is optimized to perform in harsh environments such as high altitudes and gusting winds.

According to Malcolm Quon, Vice President of UAS Dynamics, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Elbit Systems of America, Block II configuration uses a new engine and power system, as well as the highest performance Day/Night payload in Tier I SUAS class, providing the Skylark Block II more mission flexibility, enabling to fly higher without degradation of imagery.

Offering uniquely low acoustic signature and high resolution stabilized imagery in day and night Skylark has been operated with Special Forces for several years. Quon added the legacy Skylark systems have already accumulated over 25,000 operational flight hours. UAS Dynamics Systems is building Skylark systems destined for U.S. customers in Texas.

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