Skylark I-LE

IDF Seeks Larger Brigade-Level UAV

The Israel Defence Forces (IDF) has revived a plan to acquire a larger brigade-level unmanned air vehicle than its battalion-level Elbit Systems Skylark I-LE, according to sources. The requirement has been re-energised following analysis of the IDF’s operations in Gaza in 2014, after which it decided a larger UAV than the Skylark operated by its […]

Israel to Issue Request for Personal UAS

Israel’s military is preparing to issue a request for information (RFI) for a so-called “personal UAS” for use by infantry soldiers. The operational requirement for such an unmanned air system stems from the framework of the Israel Defence Forces’ (IDF) “Digital Army” programme. This envisions an infantry soldier being equipped with navigation and communication systems […]

Israel to Increase Use of Small UAS

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 […]

Israel Skylark UAV Aids ‘Operation Brother’s Keeper’

The Elbit Systems-produced Skylark UAV is chalking up hundreds of flight hours in “Operation Brother’s Keeper,” Israel’s ongoing incursion in the West Bank targeting the Hamas organization it blames for last Thursday’s abduction of three Israeli teens. Now in its fifth day, the operation is steadily expanding from its initial focus on the area south […]