Defense Ministry orders more surveillance aerostats

The Defense Ministry has placed orders for additional Skystar 300 surveillance aerostats following their heavy usage in the summer 2014 conflict with Gaza.

Sources at RT LTA, the aerostat’s Yavne-based manufacturer, said this week that several new systems have been ordered.

Attached to a ground station by a tethering cable that transmits power, data, and two-way communications, Skystar 300 can rise to an altitude of 460 meters. It carries day and night electro-optical payloads for surveillance video feeds. It can also carry anti improvised explosive device capabilities, as well as communications transmitters that can be used for multiple functions.


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