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Israeli RT Surveillance System Skystar 180 Approved for Purchase by US Army

The U.S. Army encourages companies from around the world to submit technologies, in the form of production-ready devices and products, for approval.

Skystar 180

Israeli RT company’s Skystar 180 system was chosen to be one of the approved technologies for purchase in the annual AEWE (Army Expeditionary Warrior Experiment) conducted by the U.S. Army.

SkyStar 180 is a small size, mobile aerostat designed for tactical mid-range surveillance and public safety, police, and military applications.

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Based on a towable trailer, the system payload features a stabilized day/night electro-optical payload, a camera and a communication relay, all suspended from a helium filled aerostat, tethered to a ground system.

It operates continuously at wind velocity of up to 40 knots, and can lift a payload of up to 20 kg, providing surveillance coverage from an altitude of up to 1, 000 ft. for up to 72 hours, after which it is brought down for a 30-minute helium refill. Only 2 people are required to fully maintain the system.

The U.S. Army encourages companies from around the world to submit technologies, in the form of production-ready devices and products, for approval through the AEWE program, held at Fort Benning Georgia.

The Skystar 180 system includes a Multi Sensor Miniature Stabilized TR STAMP Payload of the Israeli company CONTROP and a communication relay of both HARRIS and THALES. The Skystar 180 is ideal for defense missions, operating from company level to brigade level.

“The selection and approval of the SkyStar 180 by the US Army is evidence of the system’s quality and its high-level technological capabilities, and it is a great honor for us, ” RT’s CEO, Rami Shmueli said in a statement, adding, “Our unique aerostat systems are the only long-distance aerial surveillance system that can operate from as high as 600 meters, and it is a great honor for us to be chosen to the AEWE.”

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