IDF boots on the ground get better eye in the sky
The Sky Rider, a 7-kilogram, UAV system that cost NIS 200 million to develop, is intended to aid a battalion on the ground by providing aerial intelligence images in real time.
On a pleasant winter’s day last week, a group of onlookers gathered around a screen in the Lachish area. They watched as a picture was received from a tiny aircraft circling above them. The plane was being operated from the ground via a joystick and myriad buttons, and the video was updating in real time. When something of interest was found, the aircraft operator magnified the image to view the details clearly.