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 artillery corps’ “Sky Rider” UAV battalion is needed.

There were designs to acquire such a system some time ago, but an acquisition was put on hold until now. A future buy would provide IDF brigades with their own UAV. […]