RT LTA Systems Ltd. announced on 19 December that it has won a tender in India, and will provide its SkyStar 180 aerostat system, together with a small tactical UAV, to a State Police Service in India. The systems will be delivered to the customer by the end of 2018, and will be used for police and intelligence applications.
SkyStar 180 is a small-sized mobile aerostat, designed for tactical mid-range surveillance and public safety, as well as for police and military applications. Based on a towable trailer, the system has a stabilised day/night electro-optical payload suspended from a helium-filled aerostat, tethered to a ground system. It operates continuously at wind velocity of up to 40kt, and can lift a payload of up to 20kg, providing surveillance coverage from an altitude of up to 1,000ft. for up to 72 hours, after which it is brought down for a 20-minute helium refill. Only two people are required to fully maintain the system. SkyStar 180 is Ideal for police and intelligence applications, homeland security , defence, border control, strategic infrastructure protection and public safety missions.
The SkyStar systems already accumulated more than 1,500,000 million operational hours worldwide, offering availability of over 85% in any given area. Together with the SkyStar 180 aerostat system, RT will also provide a small tactical UAV, in cooperation with the UAV manufacturer.
"We are confident that the combination between the SkyStar 180 and the small UAV will allow the customer to conduct police and intelligence missions in a cost-effective way, and believe that this contract is only the first out of many others that will follow – in the same state as well as in other states in India," Rami Shmueli, RT's CEO, said.