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Skylark Mini

UAV

The Skylark is a miniature UAV made by Elbit. It is designed as a manpacked system for tactical surveillance and reconnaissance. The Skylark is launched by hand. The payload consists of a daylight CCD or optional FLIR for night operations. During operation, it sends real-time video to a portable ground station. Recovery involves a deep stall maneuver, landing on a small inflatable cushion. It has a range of 20/40/60/100 km, depending on the variation.

The Skylark is in operation with the militaries of Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Israel, Macedonia, Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia and Sweden. It has been deployed in Afghanistan and Iraq. The Skylark I has also been selected by France’s Special Forces in 2008. Previous operators, who have now retired the system, include Australia and Canada. In total, it has been selected by more than 20 operators worldwide.

Variations: Skylark 1, Skylark I-LE, Skylark II, Skylark II-LE, Skylark III

Photo by: Elbit Systems

Use by Israeli forces:

Skylark is operational in Israel since 2008 under the Hebrew name “Rochev Shamaim” (Skyrider). “Protective Edge” Operation in Gaza marked the first time it was used in quantities for high-tempo support of ground forces.

It was operated by the artillery corps. It was also used during military operations of house arrests in the occupied West Bank. The Skylark was used during the so-called “Brothers come home” Israeli attacks in June and July 2014, where scores of Palestinian civilians were arbitrarily arrested. 

Israeli media routinely reports of the crashing of  Elbit ’s Skylark UAVs during intelligence gathering operations in Gaza, the West Bank, Lebanon and Syria.

The skylark was used during Israel’s operation “Guardian of the Walls” in Gaza in May 2021. Reportedly, during the 11 days of operation in Gaza, the Iron Dome intercepted a Skylark drone from the “Sky Rider” unit, that carries out observation and intelligence gathering missions.

Skylark Mini

Suicide Drone

The Skylark is a miniature UAV. It is designed as a manpacked system for tactical surveillance and reconnaissance. The Skylark is launched by hand. The payload consists of a daylight CCD or optional FLIR for night operations. During operation, it sends real-time video to a portable ground station. Recovery involves a deep stall maneuver, landing on a small inflatable cushion. It has a range of 20/40/60/100 km, depending on the variation.

The Skylark is in operation with the militaries of Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Israel, Macedonia, Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia and Sweden. It has been deployed in Afghanistan and Iraq. The Skylark I has also been selected by France’s Special Forces in 2008. Previous operators, who have now retired the system, include Australia and Canada. In total, it has been selected by more than 20 operators worldwide.

Photo by: Elbit Systems

Skylark is operational in Israel since 2008 under the Hebrew name “Rochev Shamaim” (Skyrider). “Protective Edge” Operation in Gaza marked the first time it was used in quantities for high-tempo support of ground forces. It was operated by the artillery corps. It was also used during military operations of house arrests in the occupied West Bank. The Skylark was used during the so-called “Brothers come home” Israeli attacks in June and July 2014, where scores of Palestinian civilians were arbitrarily arrested. Israeli media routinely reports of the crashing of  Elbit ’s Skylark UAVs during intelligence gathering operations in Gaza, the West Bank, Lebanon and Syria.