(Elbit Systems, Haifa, 6 November 2005) -- Elbit Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ:ESLT) reported today that its Skylark mini-UAV has been selected for rapid deployment by the Australian Army. Elbit Systems will deliver 6 systems to the Australian Ground Forces.
The Skylark system includes 3 Air Vehicles, a Ground Control Station and the day and night payloads. The system is carried in two back packs and operated in mission by two soldiers. The 4.5 Kg Air vehicle is exceptionally quiet due to its unique electric propulsion and provides 1.5 hour of autonomous flight, with advanced modes .The Skylark has gimbaled and stabilized payloads for day and night observation. It enables continuous data collection “over the next hill” up to distances of 10 km. .The miniaturized Ground Control Station features enhanced capabilities which draw from the Hermes family heritage.
Last year Elbit Systems was selected by the Israeli Ministry of Defense to supply Skylark mini-UAV systems for the IDF Ground Forces Command. The Skylark systems are delivered to the IDF and are currently in operation . Elbit has already sold the Skylark system to several countries worldwide.
Elbit's ability to offer a short delivery time will enable the Australian forces to rapidly deploy the Skylark UAV systems.
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Elbit Systems Ltd. is an international defense electronics company engaged in a wide range of defense-related programs throughout the world, in the areas of aerospace, land and naval systems, command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (“C4ISR”), advanced electro-optic and space technologies. The Company focuses on the upgrading of existing military platforms and developing new technologies for defense and homeland security applications.
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