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Spylite Mini

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SpyLite is a multiconfiguration tactical mini unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) produced by BlueBird Aero Systems. SpyLite is designed for Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) missions. The UAV is fully automatic, from the time of catapult launch to its recovery.

The Ethiopian Army placed an order with BlueBird Aero Systems for an unspecified number of SpyLite mini UAV systems in 2011. BlueBird received a contract from an undisclosed African country for SpyLite UAVs in 2013 and the Chilean Army placed an order for six SpyLite UAVs in 2013. 

In 2018 the Indian army selected the Spylite for high-altitude aerial surveillance. The mini-UAV is built by Cyient Solutions & Systems (CSS), a joint venture between Cyient Ltd of India and BlueBird Aero Systems.

Photo: Bluebird Aero Systems

Use by Israeli forces:

It has been operational with the Israeli Military since 2006 and was selected by the Israeli Air Force as well. According to the company’s website, during the summer of 2014, its SpyLite UAVs “operated around the clock”, and “logged over 700 operational sorties of over 3 hours each” in Israeli military attacks in the West Bank and Gaza. The SpyLite is marketed as ‘combat proven.’[1] Israel confirmed the use of Spylite UAVs during its “Brother’s Keeper” and “Protective Edge” operations in 2014. The accumulated experience gained during the two operations has taken the SpyLite’s total use to over 10,000 flight hours, according to its manufacturer.[2] 

Spylite Mini

Suicide Drone

SpyLite is a multiconfiguration tactical mini unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) produced by  BlueBird Aero Systems . SpyLite is designed for Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) missions. The UAV is fully automatic, from the time of catapult launch to its recovery.

The Ethiopian Army placed an order with BlueBird Aero Systems for an unspecified number of SpyLite mini UAV systems in 2011. BlueBird received a contract from an undisclosed African country for SpyLite UAVs in 2013 and the Chilean Army placed an order for six SpyLite UAVs in 2013. In 2018 the Indian army selected the Spylite for high-altitude aerial surveillance. The mini-UAV is built by Cyient Solutions & Systems (CSS), a joint venture between Cyient Ltd of India and BlueBird Aero Systems.

It has been operational with the Israeli Military since 2006 and was selected by the Israeli Air Force as well. According to the company’s website, during the summer of 2014, its SpyLite UAVs “operated around the clock”, and “logged over 700 operational sorties of over 3 hours each” in Israeli military attacks in the West Bank and Gaza. The SpyLite is marketed as ‘combat proven.’[1] Israel confirmed the use of Spylite UAVs during its “Brother’s Keeper” and “Protective Edge” operations in 2014. The accumulated experience gained during the two operations has taken the SpyLite’s total use to over 10,000 flight hours, according to its manufacturer.[2]