Elbit Skylark

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Elbit Skylark
Elbit Skylark Slovak Air Force.jpg
Role Unmanned aerial vehicle
National origin Israel
Manufacturer Elbit Systems
Skylark 1 close-up
Skylark 2 close-up

Elbit Systems Skylark I and Skylark II are small unmanned aerial vehicles developed by Elbit Systems.

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Skylark I[edit]

Skylark I is a miniature unmanned aerial vehicle. It is designed as a manpacked system for tactical surveillance and reconnaissance. Skylark is launched by hand. The payload consists of daylight CCD or optional FLIR for night operations. During operation, it sends real-time video to a portable ground station. Recovery involves a deep stall maneuver, landing on a small inflatable cushion. It has a range of 20/40 km.

Skylark is in operation with the militaries of Australia, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Israel, Macedonia, Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia and Sweden. It has been deployed in Afghanistan and Iraq.[1][2] The Skylark I has also been selected by France's Special Forces in March 2008.[3]

Skylark II[edit]

Skylark II was unveiled in 2006. It has a range of 60 km and designed to be operated by a two-person crew and deployed using HMMWV class field vehicles. In December 2007, South Korea decided to purchase Skylark II system.[4] Israel plans to bring the Skylark II into service by mid-2013.[5]

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