August 3, 2008 / 8:41 AM / 10 years ago

Israel's Elbit gets Australian army UAV deal

JERUSALEM, Aug 3 (Reuters) - Israeli defence contractor Elbit Systems (ESLT.O) (ESLT.TA) said on Sunday it won a deal to supply the Australian army with more Skylark I umnanned aerial vehicles.

The deal is estimated at several million dollars, Elbit said in a statement.

Elbit said it was the Australian Department of Defence’s third Skylark order since 2005.

The Skylark I, advanced mini-UAV system, is designed for day and night observation and data collection “beyond the hill” up to distances of 10-15 km.

The mini-UAV system is equipped with an exceptionally quiet electric motor, totally autonomous flight and outstanding observation capabilities allowing for easy operation and orientation. The system can be launched by soldiers after a brief training period. The Skylark I system enhances ground forces’ tactical performance in various mission scenarios, Elbit said. (Reporting by Steven Scheer; Editing by Louise Heavens)

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