Aero-T, a subsidiary of tactical aerostat manufacturer RT LTA, has announced that it has completed the development and production of the first SkyGuard1 aerostat system. All the system components were successfully tested as part of final examinations of the aerostat before deployment in the air.
The SkyGuard1 has the ability to carry payloads of up to 90 KG weight, operational elevation of up to 3,000 feet (1,000 meters) and long endurance ability. Taken together, these abilities allow the aerostat to operate continuously for at 14 days.
The development of the SkyGuard1 also included a ground station for the deployment of the aerostat. The ground station is also developed and produced in-house, following RT’s one-stop-shop policy. The manufacturing of the SkyGuard1 as well as the system’s examination takes place in RT and Aero-T’s production line in Katzrin, in the north of Israel.
Rami Shmueli, Aero-T and RT’s CEO, commented: “After an extensive process of design and development, this successful testing of the SkyGuard1 brings us one step closer to the deployment of the aerostat in the air. The SkyGuard1 opens up a whole new world of possibilities in the aerostat market, as it can operate continuously in high attitudes for 14 days, in a very cost-effective way while carrying multiple surveillance sensors. Aero-T offers proven solutions for different weather conditions, as well as the experience of fielding such systems all over the world from very hot deserts to high mountains.”