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SkyLite B In Australia And New Zealand

SkyLite-B, mini UAV.
by Staff Writers
Haifa, Israel (SPX) Nov 21, 2006
RAFAEL Armament Development Authority has revealed excellent results for the SkyLite B, mini-UAV in flight demonstrations held in Australia and New Zealand last month. In cooperation with RAFAEL's partner in both Australia and New Zealand, Codarra Advanced Systems, a series of flight demonstrations were held first at Waiouru, New Zealand Army's military exercise and training facility for over 100 official government and military representatives.

The SkyLite B completed several flights; some in extreme weather conditions of -6oC and winds of 35 knots constant and wind gusts of 55 knots. In those flights, the SkyLite B was able to locate and persistently track specific ground targets, move between targets, while at the same time, and despite the very high and gusty winds, relay impressively stabilized imagery.

The SkyLite B's aerodynamic design provides a very stable ISR platform, which combined with a unique 3 axis inertially stabilised gimbal and coupled with proprietary ground exploitation software, allows for fully stabilised and GPS marked imagery to be relayed in real time to the ground control station.

This was of particular interest to the audience, which saw the benefits for specific targeting and battle damage assessment (BDA) by supporting ground and air forces. Other positive comments made by New Zealand Army officers related to the SkyLite's robustness, power and ability to take off, fly and safely land using a detachable parachute and airbag in extreme weather conditions.

"We are proud of the fact that SkyLite B is able to carry out missions in such extreme, windy conditions and low temperatures, which are normally highly challenging for mini-UAV's, " says Mr. David Stemmer, Corporate VP and General Manager Systems Division at RAFAEL.

The SkyLite B capabilities were also put to the test with other UAVs in shared mission scenarios. During military to military demonstrations requested by New Zealand and Australian Defense staff US Navy personnel flew an Advanced Ceramics Research's Silver Fox UAV jointly with the SkyLite B.

Operators successfully overcame demanding weather conditions to demonstrate tactics, techniques and procedures that the New Zealand and Australian forces are evaluating for their needs. Mission objectives included flying in common air space at different altitudes and passing target information in a coordinated surveillance and reconnaissance missions.

In Australia, the demonstrations were observed by personnel from the Australian Army, Special Forces, The Australian Defence Force Capability Development Division and the Australian Defence Material Organisation. The Australian demonstration was also very successful and has received very positive feedback. As was done in New Zealand, at the end of the mission the SkyLite B succeeded in landing accurately and allowed the crew to display a quick recovery and immediate relaunch.

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EDO Wins Contract To Support Unmanned Aircraft
New York NY (SPX) Nov 20, 2006
EDO Corporation has received a five-year task order to provide programmatic support to the Army's Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Project Office. The task order has a ceiling value of $37 million, with $1.1 million initial funding. Unmanned Aircraft Systems are remotely piloted or self-piloted aircraft that can carry cameras, communications equipment, weapons or other devices.







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