Elbit Systems UK demonstrates Skylark 3 hybrid UAS
Elbit Systems UK has delivered a series of demonstrations of Skylark 3 Hybrid Uncrewed Aerial System (UAS) at RAF Upavon in Wiltshire. The demonstrations took place from 21st – 23rd March, culminating in a number of flights on 23rd March conducted in support of the RAF’s Rapid Capabilities Office’s (RCO) future concept development programme.
The Skylark 3 Hybrid is the latest in Elbit Systems’ Skylark family and represents the company’s contribution towards helping the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) explore ways of meeting its net-zero ambitions. The Skylark 3 Hybrid is one of a long line of innovative UAS systems developed by Elbit Systems, ranging from man-portable systems to Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) UAS such as the Hermes™ 900.
The Skylark family has delivered over 100,000 flying hours in total. The Skylark 3 Hybrid is a field-deployed tactical ISTAR UAS, optimised for either dismounted or vehicle-based operation, and combines two separate propulsion systems to deliver endurance of up to 18 hours. The Skylark 3 Hybrid uses thrust from both engines to launch and reach a certain altitude, at which only one engine is required for sustained flight.
The trials were conducted in order for the RAF to assess the system’s performance in a number of criteria as part of the selection of vehicles for the next phase of its programmed activity. The trials were delivered in co-operation with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) in order to obtain clearance to operate in civil airspace.
Martin Fausset, CEO of Elbit Systems UK said: “Elbit Systems UK has extensive experience in delivering best-in-class UAS solutions, and these trials highlight that pedigree. The successful demonstration of the Skylark 3 Hybrid is indicative of our drive to support the RAF in realising its ambitions for future capabilities, and to provide an environmentally responsible and energy-efficient method of maximising the Skylark’s endurance.”