RT LTA Systems has made its SkyStar aerostat systems available for lease on a ‘pay by the hour’ plan for the Australian market, the company announced on 9 May.
The leasing will include the operation of the system by the company’s local partner.
The SkyStar aerostats are self-reliant, versatile and easily transportable tactical systems, suitable for defence, border security, homeland security, SAR, wildfire early detection and public safety missions.
The SkyStar 180 mobile aerostat will be the first to target the Australian market. The system has been designed for tactical mid-range surveillance and public safety, as well as for police and military applications.
Based on a towable trailer, the SkyStar 180 has a stabilised day/night EO payload suspended from a helium-filled aerostat, tethered to a ground system. The system operates continuously at wind velocity of up to 40kt and is able to carry a payload of up to 18kg, providing surveillance coverage from an altitude of 1,000ft for up to 72 hours, after which it is brought down for a 20-minute helium refill.
Rami Shmueli, CEO, RT, said: ‘Based on an extensive market research that we have conducted, we believe that the SkyStar 180 aerostat system is the ideal platform for our first steps towards the Australian market.
‘We are happy to offer a ‘pay by the hour’ plan, under which clients can now lease the systems on an hourly basis and enjoy professional operation of the systems by our local operational teams.’