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.