(Haifa, June 3, 2007) -- RAFAEL Armament Development Authority Ltd. is proud to disclose an improved version of its SkyLite B, mini-UAV. The new version features a range of over 35 km, flight endurance of up to 3 hours and a secure digital data link.
The SkyLite B, recently combat proven, is a man-portable or vehicle mounted, mini-UAV system that enables long periods of stealthy reconnaissance and surveillance during the day, at night, in rain and in high winds of 30 knots. The SkyLite B comprises advanced gimbaled and stabilized electro-optic payloads, a built-in electro-optical tracker and a camera guide mode which allows the system to autonomously and continuously track a moving target and provides extremely high resolution images with highly accurate targeting information.
In addition, the SkyLite B system also includes a ground station comprising advanced C2 capabilities, as well as image processing technology developed by RAFAEL.
The standard SkyLite B configuration uses an analog video link with a flight endurance of 90 minutes and an operational radius of range of up to 10 km. By adding a more powerful battery and extended wing tips the new SkyLite B configuration can fly for up to three hours and by using the same airframe, Rafael has allowed the field operator to choose between the configurations according to their tactical requirements. In addition, the new configuration can have a secure video data link extending its mission range to over 35 km. The new version adds just 1.5 kilograms to the original 6.5 kg platform and its ground station can also be operated from a stationary structure or field vehicle.
This upgraded SkyLite B also includes additional features for better field use such as speedier assembly, which requires no tools and faster turn around time; always an asset in field operation.
"We are pleased to offer this new version of the SkyLite B. The innovations have proven highly effective for SkyLite operators in the field", says Mr. David Stemer, VP and General Manager - Missiles and NCW Division at RAFAEL.