Skylark 2


A close range tactical UAV designed for day, night and adverse weather real-time reconnaissance, data collection and target marking at mission ranges exceeding 50 kilometers.

The Skylark® II system is designed to operate in the battlefield using highly deployable HUMVEE class field vehicles equipped with an integral launcher for point launch and recovery and an advanced dual station ground control station.

The Skylark® II system full-cycle operation is possible with a two-person crew. The advanced UAV is highly autonomous and offers a high degree of mission centric capabilities including all of the Hermes® family heritage flight and mission modes. The Skylark® II air-vehicle outline and weight allow for handling all phases of the mission by the two-person crew including the assembly, launching and recovery. The air vehicle's cutting-edge technology propulsion system is silent, lightweight and highly efficient. The propulsion system enables medium altitude as well as low altitude covert flights for high quality imagery and operational reconnaissance under cloud cover with no risk of exposure. The streamlined gimbaled and stabilized triple sensor payload includes a color CCD day camera, 3rd generation thermal imaging night camera and laser illuminator.

Canadian Army will Use Skylark II UAV

The Canadian Army will procure Elbit's Skylark 2 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) for operations in Afghanistan. Three key US allies the UK (Hermes 450), Canada, and Australia (Skylark 1) are now using Israeli tactical UAVs.

The Canadian Army is procuring the Skylark 2 UAV as part of a program to expand its UAV capabilities. The Skylark 2 is a tactical UAV designed for brigade-level operations. It is easy to deploy, and provides visual tactical intelligence for military and homeland security missions. It has day and night intelligence gathering capabilities, can operate is severe weather conditions, and has a 50-km range.

The Skylark 2 is operated from a ground vehicle, which includes a launcher and double command and control station. The UAV is fully autonomous, and can take high-quality pictures under cloud cover, and has a night camera, third-general thermal imaging, and laser marker.

The Skylark 2 is a development of the Skylark 1, which is in operational use. Both versions have an especially quiet electric engine. Royal Canadian Air Force Lt.-Col. Gord Smith as saying that the Skylark 2 would meet the demands of the Canadian Army for a man-packed hand-launched UAV. The Canadian Army has already bought five Skylark systems, and is expected to buy five more.

The Skylark’s small size means that it costs less than larger UAVs. The deal is worth several million dollars, and because of its low costs, Elbit Systems expects the order to grow.

Korean Military To Use Skylark II
Haifa, Israel, December 17, 2007 – Elbit Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ: ESLT) announced that Skylark® II, was selected by the Korean military as a preferred solution in a tender involving extensive technical tests and including UAV manufacturers from all over the world.

The first phase of the contract includes a comprehensive Skylark® II system while additional systems are expected in the future.

The Skylark® II mini UAV system is designed for data collection, observation and target marking missions for ranges exceeding 60 kilometers. Its silent, electric propulsion system, allows for optimal performance during day, night and adverse weather missions.. The system It offers a full cycle operation that is possible with a 2 person crew only.

Skylark® II is based on the combat experience of the Skylark® I, which is already used in various battlefields by numerous customers worldwide.

Haim Kellerman, Corporate Vice President and General Manager of Elbit Systems UAV Division said: We are proud to be selected by the Korean military and believe that Elbit Systems' unique qualities and operational experience in developing UAVs in general and mini UAVs in particular, will contribute to position the Skylark® II as a leader in its field. We believe the Skylark® II has great marketing potential as its unique features, including silent electrical propulsion system and efficient combat operating systems, are particularly suitable for brigade level and up, ground forces missions .

The Skylark® II system includes the UAVs and Ground Control Station. The system is deployed using a Humvee class field vehicles equipped with an integral launcher for point launch and recovery, and an advanced dual station Ground Control Station. It provides advanced, high performance ISTAR capabilities and is ideal for both military and homeland
defense missions.
Wolf With Skylark II UAV Launcher