Israel-based aerostat company RT LTA Systems has signed a leasing agreement with the government of a leading European country, under which the company will provide its SkyStar 180 Aerostat system for six months. The agreement includes an option to extend the leasing period for additional 30 months, as well as an option to purchase the system. The SkyStar 180 will be used for protection of the country's armed forces in various missions. The value of the deal was undisclosed.
The 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. The SkyStar family of aerostats have already accumulated more than 1,500,000 million operational hours worldwide.
Based on a towable trailer, the system has a stabilized 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 40 knots and can lift a payload of up to 20kg, providing surveillance coverage from an altitude of up to 1,000 ft. for up to 72 hours, after which it is brought down for a 20-minute helium refill.
"We are honored to sign this contract and to lease our SkyStar 180 aerostat system to a leading European country," commented Rami Shmueli, RT's CEO. "We see great potential in the European market, and thus see this contract as a sign of proof for our systems' reliability and excellence."