The Israeli military is being offered new versions of Elbit Systems-produced small unmanned systems, with the heavy use of such equipment during the recent Protective Edge operation in the Gaza strip expected to create fresh demand to supply other units.
The Israel Defense Forces – and primarily its artillery units – currently use an upgraded version of Elbit’s hand-launched SkyLark 1 LE Sky Rider. The Generation 2 (Block 10) model weighs 7kg (15lb), and is equipped with an advanced payload. It was developed jointly by the company and the IDF.
Sources say that in the wake of the 50-day operation in Gaza, the Israeli military may request additional capabilities, and the acquisition of more hand-launched UAS to equip more of its ground units.