Elbit Systems Unveils FAST Capability Integrating UAS and Loitering Munition

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  • 12:27 PM, September 13, 2023
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Elbit Systems Unveils FAST Capability Integrating UAS and Loitering Munition
Find-and-Strike (FAST) @Elbit Systems

Elbit Systems has unveiled the Find-and-Strike (FAST) Capsule, combining the Skylark III UAS and SkyStriker Loitering Munition (LM).

The Skylark III is a Small-Tactical Intelligence UAS, equipped with the most advanced intelligence gathering sensors and with extensive endurance of up to 18 hours, it is designed to support ISTAR missions in GPS denied environment. The Skylark III is capable of integrating a range of payloads including high-resolution Electro-Optical gimbaled payload, SIGINT sensors, laser designators and more.

Elbit Systems’ SkyStriker LM is a fully autonomous loitering munition that can locate, acquire and engage operator designated targets with a flexible warhead of up to 10 Kg, enabling high-precision performance. SkyStriker can be launched from a variety of ground and aerial platforms, including from a dedicated canister mounted on Elbit Systems’ PULS (Precise and Universal Launching System) rocket artillery systems.

Equipped with an electrical engine, the SkyStriker enables covert operations of up to 2 hours and with a range of 100km. With unique algorithms, the system can strike targets while maintaining a “man in the loop” even in GPS and communication denied environments.

Despite the differences of the two platforms, thanks to the “FAST Capsule” they can both be stored, carried, launched, operated and controlled by the same equipment and by the same crew.

The FAST Capsule is deployed and operated by a crew of two, launched via a pneumatic launcher and mounted on a vehicle or vessel. Both can be assigned to the same mission simultaneously managed by a shared Ground Control Station.

FAST is the ultimate application for mini tactical intelligence and offensive missions, synergizing each platform advantages to a single application, at the same time and place, saving the user on logistics, time and more importantly improving the crew expertise.

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