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This excerpt taken from the ESLT 6-K filed Jun 20, 2007.
Skylark®-II UAV Wins Frost & Sullivan Best
Innovative Product Award for 2007 in the Aviation & Defense Category
Haifa, Israel, June 17, 2007
Elbit Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ:ESLT) announced that the prestigious business research and
consulting firm Frost & Sullivan has presented its Best Innovative Product Award
for 2007 in the Aviation & Defense Category to Skylark®-II, a close-range
tactical UAV system developed and produced by Elbit Systems.
Frost & Sullivan cited the
Skylark®-II system as a market trend setter, defining and leading the UAV market. The
Skylark®-IIs unique system capabilities enable it to perform the same missions
that previously only larger and more expensive UAV systems could perform. Elbit Systems
ongoing leadership in the UAV field was another factor in Frost & Sullivans
decision to present this award.
The Skylark®-II is a new,
improved model of the Skylark®-I UAV system that is in widespread operational use
worldwide, including in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). The Skylark®-II is capable of
carrying out covert surveillance flights day and night, in all weather conditions at
mission ranges exceeding 50 kilometers.
The Skylark®-II has the ability
to perform a wide range of missions, including: surveillance and reconnaissance, data
collection and target designation. The Skylark®-II is deployed from a field-vehicle
equipped with an integral launcher and a dual-Ground Control Station. The advanced UAV is
highly autonomous, based on highly advanced technology and the extensive accumulated
operational experience of the Elbit Systems Hermes® family of UAVs. The systems
compact design and light weight allows for assembly, launch and recovery by a two-person
The unique technologically advanced
propulsion system for low and medium altitudes is silent and highly efficient for covert
operations. The advanced payload configuration features a color day camera, 3rd
generation thermal imaging night camera and a laser illuminator, enabling Skylark®-II
to produce high quality sharp imagery even under cloud cover and adverse weather
Haim Kellerman, Corporate Vice
President and General Manager of Elbit Systems UAV Division stated, We are proud to
receive this award from a prominent consulting and research company such as Frost &
Sullivan. This selection is an example of the enthusiastic response that we are receiving
from experts in the field and potential customers. Last November, Popular Science Magazine
credited the same product with a similar award. Our product being selected by one of the
top consulting and research companies testifies to Elbit Systems position as an innovative
and advanced UAV manufacturer.
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