Israeli aerostat company RT LTA Systems will showcase its newest aerostat, SkyStar 120, a mobile a micro-tactical aerostat system, at SOFIC.
The SkyStar 120, a micro-tactical aerostat system, is specially designed to provide commanders in the field with real-time reconnaissance capability, even when operating in rough terrain.
The system’s Ground Control Station is mounted on an ATV (All-Terrain Vehicle) that can drive through most kinds of terrain, allowing the operating force to keep moving and maneuvering with the aerostat on the ATV alongside them, either filled with Helium and ready to be launched or already flying in the air. This allows the operating force to better fit the observation and communication lines in real time according to field conditions. Compact and robust, the SkyStar 120 is operational under extreme weather conditions and offers surveillance range of up to 1,500 feet.
The company will also showcase the Skystar 110, a micro-balloon system designed to provide field commanders with real-time “over the hill” reconnaissance capability. The system is compact, robust and can be transported, assembled, launched and operated by only two personnel after minimal training. Backpack or pickup truck transportable, the system can be assembled and launched in 15 minutes, for a 1,500 feet surveillance range.
SkyStar 110 Handheld Personal Ground Control Station (PGCS) is a compact unit that can be worn over a protective vest or mounted on a tripod. SkyStar 110 is operational under extreme weather conditions with low operational and maintenance costs.
SkyStar 120 is designed to fit the needs of special forces, who operate in different kinds of terrains and need a compact but robust surveillance mean that is easily transportable, said Rami Shmueli, RT’s CEO. “SkyStar 120 is ideal for forces operating in rough terrain, as it allows maximum flexibility for the operating force. It was already presented to the IDF and received great feedback, and I am confident that it will be a game changer for Special Operations Forces worldwide.”