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RT announces lease renewal for SkyStar 180

25th July 2019 - 08:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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RT LTA Systems has received a lease renewal agreement from an existing EU customer for the SkyStar 180 aerostat system.

The system has been in use with the customer for 12 months, providing force protection surveillance for various missions.

The SkyStar 180 is a small-sized mobile aerostat, designed for tactical mid-range surveillance and public safety, as well as for police and military applications such as border control and public safety missions. Based on a towable trailer, the system has a stabilised day/night electro-optical payload suspended from a helium-filled aerostat, tethered to a ground system.

The system operates continuously at wind velocity of up to 40 knots, and can lift a payload of up to 20kg, providing surveillance coverage from an altitude of up to 1,000ft for up to 72 hours, after which it is brought down for a 20-minute helium refill. Only two people are required to fully maintain the system.

Rami Shmueli, RT's CEO, said: ‘We are honoured to extend the leasing agreement. The great feedback we have received from the customer is a sign of proof for our systems' reliability and excellence. RT sees great potential in the European market, and we are confident the SkyStar aerostat systems are a perfect fit for customers in this area.’

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