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Eyes in the skies: Drones of today and tomorrow

Designed to be an unseen eye in the sky, the tiny Skylark II is a silent machine suited to covert surveillance at low altitudes.

Its maker, Elbit Systems, says it can be used to provide day and night target detection, identification and continuous tracking.

The drone can carry out operations in the field, as it can be controlled from a vehicle and trailer, and can carry out optical and infrared surveillance and laser range-finding.

The aircraft can stay in the air for four hours and flies at a maximum height of 15,000 feet, with a range of 60km.

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3 comments
CharlesG1970
CharlesG1970

You seem to be talking in the past tense... They are already in use...

Systems Guy
Systems Guy

I applaude this technology and it's original intended use, i.e., in a war theatre, however, anyone is a fool who thinks these will never be used on US civilians during peace time. Further anyone who says they won't be are liars.

buddyfarr
buddyfarr

CharlesG1970 is correct. these are already in use in civilian areas in the U.S.A. They have been for quite a while.