Stark Aerospace has established a new subsidiary, Stark Flight Services, to provide Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) services and focused operational support.
The new subsidiary will absorb Stark Aerospace’s flight operations team, which has flown the Heron I Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) in support of U.S. Government counter-narcotic operations in Central America. Stark Flight Services will be headquartered in Columbus.
“The creation of Stark Flight Services… is a natural evolution for our company and will allow us to more readily serve our customers’ needs,” said Robert Foglesong, Chairman of Stark Aerospace, Inc. “The experienced team of UAS and Federal Aviation Administration-certified Stark Flight Services operators will fly the Heron system, in addition to providing tactical UAS and manned capabilities for counter-narcotics, counter-terrorism, disaster response and environmental missions.”
The Heron Medium Altitude Long Endurance UAS flown by SFS was developed by Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. and is manufactured at Stark Aerospace’s Columbus facility. The Heron boasts a 550-pound simultaneous multi-sensor payload ability, 30,000-foot altitude, and more than 30 hours endurance.