Australia selects Elbit Systems from Israel to provide Skylark I LEX UAS Unammned aerial Systems

Israeli company Elbit Systems announced on December 7, 2022, that Australia has selected Elbit Systems to provide the Australian Army with the Skylark I LEX Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) equipped with Electro-Optical and Automatic Dependent Surveillance–Broadcast (ADS-B) system.
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Israeli-made Skylark I LEX Unmanned Aerial Systems manufactured by Elbit Systems. (Picture source Elbit Systems)

With a certified ADS-B system, Elbit Systems of Australia will support the Australian Army achieve wider use cases outside of traditional Army UAS employment including integration into more classes of airspace. This will enable Australian Defence Force (ADF) support to civilian operations for disaster and humanitarian relief.

Designed for in-theater operation by maneuvering forces, the fully autonomous electric-propelled Skylark I-LEX features a mission-oriented, intuitive man-machine interface (MMI) and a 40 km Line Of Sight (LOS) communication range, which make it effective for a variety of missions including reconnaissance and force protection missions. UAS of the Skylark family, including the 18-hours endurance Sklylark 3 Hybrid, have been selected to date by dozens of customers among Israel, Asia, Europe, and Latin America.

Major General (ret’d) Paul McLachlan, Managing Director of Elbit Systems of Australia, said: “This is great news for Elbit Systems of Australia as we gain momentum by broadening our offering to the ADF, as well as the growth of our uncrewed and autonomous system capability being developed and used in the country.”

The Skylark I LEX is a man-portable mini UAS (Unmanned aerial System) fully designed and manufactured in Israel by the company Elbit Systems. It can be used to perform reconnaissance, aerial intelligence, force protection, and counter-insurgency missions.

Electric-propelled, the Skylark I-LEX is a proven ISR asset on the battlefield with its highly covert aerial intelligence and advanced communications features. Skylark I-LEX offers a gimbaled and stabilized payload, delivering high-quality day and night real-time video within a 40 km LOS communication range. Advanced image processing capabilities include a tracker, moving target indicator, geo-registration, and mosaicking.

The Skylark I LEX has a maximum take-off weight of 7.5 kg with a payload of 1.2 kg. it has an endurance of 3 hours and can fly at a maximum range of 40 km.