Israel's IDF evaluating tethered surveillance system

Sept. 3, 2013 at 11:29 AM
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YOKNEAM, Israel, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- Sky Sapience of Israel reports it has delivered an upgraded tethered surveillance system to the Israeli Defense Force's Ground Forces Command.

The HoverMast-100, stored in a compact housing unit, is for use on a small vehicle, such as a pickup truck. It can be deployed autonomously and uses a cable that also serves as a power supply and wideband data link for payloads such as electro-optic sensors, laser designators and radars.

Payload weight it can handle is as much as 13 pounds but the company is developing an upgraded variant for heavier loads.

The patented HoverMast-100 was launched by Sky Sapience last year. The Israeli military will conduct operational evaluations on the system.

"We are confident that the evaluating force will find the HoverMast an invaluable tool for its intelligence gathering and surveillance missions, leading to further orders in the near future," said Gabriel Shachor, chief executive officer and founder of Sky Sapience. "With the completion of our in-house production facility due in a few months, Sky Sapience will begin supplying HoverMast products to its international customer base."

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