Elbit Programs has secured a $95-million contract to supply “a number of hundred” loitering munitions for a European nation.
Beneath the contract, the corporate will provide its SkyStriker, a completely autonomous aerial system that may establish and neutralize threats utilizing a 5 or 10 kilograms (11 to 22 kilos) of built-in warhead.
Work for the undertaking will run for 2 years.
Offering ‘Mission-Crucial Benefit’
SkyStriker is a cheap answer offering long-range and high-precision engagements on the trendy battlefield.
Customers can launch the munition from totally different aerial and floor platforms, together with a particular canister on Elbit’s proprietary Exact and Common Launching System (PULS) rocket artillery.
SkyStriker is powered by electrical propulsion that may maintain two hours of flight and 100 kilometers (62 miles) throughout low-altitude covert missions.
The engine’s low acoustic signature and the system’s general minimal thermal signature additionally rework the loitering functionality right into a “silent, invisible, and shock attacker.”
The SkyStriker’s warhead compatibility characteristic might be reconfigured within the subject to match altering operational necessities.
“We’re happy to ship an revolutionary and efficient answer to our clients that mixes Elbit Programs air and floor options,” Elbit Programs Aerospace Normal Supervisor Yoram Shmuely acknowledged.
“As a covert and agile platform, the SkyStriker loitering munition delivers excessive efficiency precision and reliability, offering a mission essential benefit to warfighters on the trendy battlefield.”