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Elbit's SkyStriker to make Paris air show debut

Elbit Systems will use the Paris air show to display its new SkyStriker loitering weapon system, which is believed to be the first member of a family of such products.

The SkyStriker is able to locate, acquire and attack targets with high precision, with an operator using its electro-optical/infrared seeker to identify threats. According to Elbit, its electric propulsion system provides a low acoustic signature and enables covert low-altitude operations.

Offering a flight endurance of up to 2h, the SkyStriker has a maximum take-off weight of 35kg (77lb), including a warhead of between 5kg and 10kg, depending on mission type.

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Elbit says the design can engage targets from a variety of angles, while an operator will be able to abort a strike as little as 2s prior to impact, before re-engaging other authorised threats or returning to a recovery point. The air vehicle lands using a parachute and airbag.

Describing the loitering weapon system as a force-multiplier for tactical units, Elad Aharonson, general manager of Elbit's ISTAR division, says SkyStriker "allows them to perform precise missions without putting them in harm's way”.