Aerostat systems of Israel's RT deployed for Tokyo Olympic, Paralympic Games

The company's SkyStar 180 tactical aerostats are supporting the local police's effort to protect the athletes and maintain public safety in the Japanese capital

Aerostat systems of Israel's RT deployed for Tokyo Olympic, Paralympic Games

One of the aerostats deployed in Tokyo. Photo: RT

RT, an Israeli designer, developer and manufacturer of SkyStar aerostat systems, announced that its SkyStar 180 tactical aerostat systems have been deployed by the police in the Japanese capital as part of the security network for the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games. The aerostats are being used for law enforcement, public safety, event traffic and crowd control.

The systems, which were integrated into the Command-and-Control Center of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police, are positioned about 150 meters above the ground at several different locations where events are taking place. The high-quality video from the aerostat is transmitted in real time to the command center.

According to RT, SkyStar Aerostats deliver continuous surveillance, providing exceptional information gathering, accurate target allocation, 360 degree stabilized observation coverage, and full digital recordings of mission video and data.

Capable of continuous day and night operation at 1,000 feet for up to 72 hours, including in winds of up to 40 knots, the aerostats require only 20 minutes for a helium refill. Based on towable trailers, the easy-to-operate and cost-effective systems can carry any type of payload up to 18kg, RT says. 

The company's CEO, Rami Shmueli, said, "Our SkyStar family is used by HLS, law enforcement and police units for defense and security applications as well as public safety, police and military applications around the world. We are proud of the selection of the SkyStar 180 tactical aerostat system by the Tokyo Metropolitan Police for a mission that is so important in safeguarding the 11,091 participants in the 2020 Olympic Games. We look forward to continuing our cooperation with the Tokyo Metropolitan Police on further security missions in the future as well."

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