System has Achieved over 1 Million Operational Hours Worldwide
RT LTA Systems will be demonstrating the capabilities of its SKYSTAR 180 aerostat during Aero India 2017 in Bangalore next week, having recently concluded two live demonstrations of the system for the Indian Border Security Force.
A small, mobile aerostat designed for tactical mid-range surveillance and public safety missions as well as law enforcement, security and military applications, SKYSTAR 180 is a cost-effective solution for border protection.
Offering availability of over 85%, the system has already been deployed by many nations and the fleet has passed the 1 million operational hours milestone. Examples of its use recently have included the Winter Olympic Games in Canada, the FIFA World Cup in Brazil and the COP 21 climate summit in Paris.
Operating continuously in winds up to 40kts, the helium-filled aerostat can lift a 20kg payload and operate continuously at 1,000ft for up to 72 hours, at which point it returnes to the ground for a 20-minute helium recharge. Based on a towable trailer, SKYSTAR 180 features a stabilized day/night EO payload and requires only two crew to fully sustain the system.
“RT’s SKYSTAR aerostats are ideal for border protection and control, as they provide persistent surveillance for long periods at minimal cost. No other defence system, manned or unmanned, is as cost effective as aerostats. Using an aerostat resembles building a portable tower of 1,500ft in only 20 minutes. The first operational hour of the aerostat bears some expenses, but from that moment on the system is able to stay stable for days, and provide persistent intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance at a minimal cost,” said company CEO Rami Shmueli.