Elbit Systems introduces SkyStriker tactical loitering munition at Paris Air Show
A tactical loitering munition for covert and precise airstrikes has been unveiled at the Paris Air Show, by Elbit Systems. It allows dismounted soldiers allowing them to engage and abort missions up to two seconds to impact.
Elad Aharonson general manager of Elbit Systems ISTAR division describes it as “a force multiplier for the units in the field, allowing them to perform precise missions without putting them in harm’s way.”
SkyStriker is a remotely operated, electro-optical, precise guided Loitering Munition (LM) designed to seek, locate and engage various targets for the tactical level corps.
SkyStriker is able to locate, acquire and strike operator-marked targets enabling high-precision performance, says Elbit Systems. The system’s electric propulsion provides a low acoustic signature and enables covert low altitude operations. Due to its flight speed capability, it can reach a distance of tens of kilometers within minutes. Upon reaching the target area, it can loiter and pursue the target for up to two hours.
According to Elbit Systems, SkyStriker offers quick deployment and ease of operation in the field. It provides forces with the ability to observe and identify an enemy target before delivering a rapid precision airstrike. It has a remote operation capability to reduce the operators’ exposure to detection or enemy fire while guiding the LM to its target.
In addition to high accuracy, long range and a significant loitering time, the SkyStriker is capable of carrying up to 10kg of munitions. The SkyStriker system also provides a degree of flexibility such as the ability to choose any target, to engage at any direction and in various angles (from shallow to steep) while significantly decreasing costs. Elbit Systems adds that SkyStriker enables the operator to abort a strike up to two seconds to impact, to re-engage and, in case of lack of authorised targets, to order a safe return home.