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Elbit Systems UK demonstrates Skylark 3 Hybrid UAS at RAF Upavon.

| 2022

Elbit Systems UK has delivered a series of demonstrations of Skylark 3 Hybrid Uncrewed Aerial System (UAS) at RAF Upavon in Wiltshire. The demonstrations took place from 21st – 23rd March, culminating in a number of flights on 23rd March conducted in support of the RAF's Rapid Capabilities Office's (RCO) future concept development programme.

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Elbit Systems UK demonstrates Skylark 3 Hybrid UAS  The Skylark 3 Hybrid is the latest in Elbit Systems' Skylark family (Picture source: Elbit Systems)

The Skylark 3 Hybrid is the latest in Elbit Systems' Skylark family and represents the company's contribution toward helping the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) explore ways of meeting its net-zero ambitions. The Skylark 3 Hybrid is one of a long line of innovative UAS systems developed by Elbit Systems, ranging from man-portable systems to Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) UAS such as the Hermes 900.

The Skylark family has delivered over 100,000 flying hours in total. The Skylark 3 Hybrid is a field-deployed tactical ISTAR UAS, optimised for either dismounted or vehicle-based operation, and combines two separate propulsion systems to deliver endurance of up to 18 hours. The Skylark 3 Hybrid uses thrust from both engines to launch and reach a certain altitude, at which only one engine is required for sustained flight.

The trials were conducted in order for the RAF to assess the system's performance in a number of criteria as part of the selection of vehicles for the next phase of its programmed activity. The trials were delivered in cooperation with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) in order to obtain clearance to operate in civil airspace.

Martin Fausset, CEO of Elbit Systems UK said: "Elbit Systems UK has extensive experience in delivering best-in-class UAS solutions, and these trials highlight that pedigree. The successful demonstration of the Skylark 3 Hybrid is indicative of our drive to support the RAF in realising its ambitions for future capabilities, and to provide an environmentally responsible and energy-efficient method of maximising the Skylark's endurance."

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