RT LTA Systems Ltd., a world-class designer, developer, and manufacturer of the Skystar™ family of aerostats for use in intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, and communications applications, will display the Skystar 180 aerostat at Seecat, the Special Equipment Exhibition & Conference for Anti-Terrorism in Tokyo, Japan.
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 systems are currently operational in many different countries worldwide, and are optimal for both land and maritime use, offering availability of over 85% in any given area.
Skystar 180 is Ideal for securing massive public events, as well as for search and rescue missions in disaster zones. The Skystar 180 system was in use in The Winter Olympic games that took place in Canada at 2012, in Brazil during the 2014 FIFA World Cup, securing the Copacabana Fan Fest, and in France during the Paris climate summit (COP 21), protecting the world leaders who attended the summit. The Skystar 180 system was also deployed during Pope Francis visit in Africa on 2015, and Pope Francis visit in Jerusalem on May 2014. Furthermore the system was used twice to support the VIP security in the G8 Summit (Russia, Canada). In addition to public safety security, the Skystar 180 system is also optimal for border protection missions, and is being used continuously by the IDF on the border with the Gaza Strip. In 2014, the Skystar 180 system was chosen to be one of the approved technologies for purchase in the annual AEWE (Army Expeditionary Warrior Experiment) conducted by the US Army.
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 30-minute helium refill. Only 2 people are required to fully maintain the system.
RT LTA was chosen as one of the 5 most influential companies in the field of aerostats, according to the Market and Markets survey.
According to Rami Shmueli, RT’s CEO: “We are happy to present our renowned Skystar systems, which are already operational in many different countries across all five continents, for the first time in Japan. I am certain that the Skystar systems are an ideal solution for securing the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, as they provide persistent surveillance for long periods of time at a very minimal cost. No other defense system, manned or unmanned, is as cost effective as aerostats, and I am convinced that the eastern countries can benefit much from using our solutions”.