FG:Airbag fault grounds Skylark 1


Israel’s ground forces have temporarily grounded their Elbit Systems Skylark 1 (“Sky Rider”) unmanned air vehicles after a series of mid-air inflations involving the type’s airbag landing system.

Israel Defense Forces confirms that operations of the mini-unmanned aerial vehicle have been halted until further notice, pending the completion of work to determine what caused its airbag to be deployed in flight several times during recent weeks. Installed to cushion the impact of landing, the device was recently activated before a landing signal had been transmitted.