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]

Operational history[edit]

The Skylark entered operational service in 2008, and began being used in large quantities for high-tempo support of ground forces during Operation Protective Edge which began on 8 July 2014. Every active and reserve brigade received at least two air vehicles and flew them continuously, sometimes both vehicles at the same time. By August 12, some 18 systems had flown several hundred hours, generating intelligence and streaming target-acquisition data to soldiers on the ground.[6]

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