New mobile control system will increase operational efficiency for forces operating in the field

Date: 21/06/2011, 7:04 PM     Author: IDF (Zahal) Website

Earlier this month, Elbit Systems completed a series of successful tests on its Skylark I-LE unmanned aerial drone using the Dominator command and control system. The system will allow infantry forces to operate the mini-drone with maximum operational efficiency.

Skylark drones are operational in the IDF (Zahal) and in several foreign militaries. The drones have seen battlefield action in several war zones, including Iraq and Afghanistan.

The new mobile control unit is an answer to the realities that forces face on modern battlefields. The mobile operating unit’s light weight and small size allows forces to carry out complex missions with increased operational flexibility. The new mobile control unit is 15 kilograms lighter than the existing control system and includes a computer, a hand-held display, a joystick and a Skylark Rambo transducer. For more sensitive missions and for missions requiring greater mobility, an eyepiece can be used instead of the hand-held display.

The Skylark drone is designed to gather intelligence for “over the next hill” missions. The drone is exceptionally quiet and possesses excellent observation capabilities both during the day and at night.

The Dominator system was designed for the unit level and the individual soldier, giving forces the ability to control the battlefield by increasing situational awareness and the ability to transmit information. Forces can send and receive critical data in real-time, view updated intelligence on individual screens and watch video being transmitted from various sensors in the field or from soldiers. With the system, information and pictures can be sent to the command post or to other forces in the field.