Jun. 11, 2013 by Arie Egozi – FG
Tel Aviv - Elisra is to unveil a new self-protection suite for unmanned air systems during the 17-23 June Paris air show.
The Elbit Systems company says it has developed the SPS-65V5 system using experience gained by producing a wide range of electronic warfare and signals intelligence equipment for manned fighters, utility aircraft and helicopters operated by numerous nations.
Elisra general manager Edgar Maimon says the increased global use of UAS is accompanied by a growing demand to provide such assets with survivability capabilities to protect their mission, the platform and its valuable sensors.
The self-protection equipment could be used with types including the Hermes 900 tactical UAS
Described as being capable of protecting unmanned aircraft against "a great variety of threats" in a hostile area, the new self-protection system is suitable for integration with a variety of types, ranging in size from tactical to high-altitude, long-endurance UAS, the company says.
The specific capabilities of the SPS-65V5 are classified, it adds.