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Stark Aerospace, a U.S subsidiary of IAI, has unveiled the HoverLite tactical tethered hovering aerial ISR system. This is a new hovering intelligence gathering platform designed for the U.S market
The system has been developed as part of a rapid research and development effort sponsored by the Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office (CTTSO).
According to Stark Aerospace, HoverLite provides exceptional asymmetric observation and surveillance capabilities supporting military, homeland security and civilian missions for pop-up surveillance, border patrol, crowd monitoring, and emergency rapid response missions.
During the demonstration, a manned aircraft flying over the river identified a vessel that posed a threat to the capital ship and sent a signal directly to 13 swarm boats below.
Rising to a height of 165 ft. in nearly 15 seconds, HoverLite is secured by a tether providing power and bi-directional signals to and from the aerial platform and its payload.
HoverLite can be operated on the move and broadcasts ISR products to users on the network or local with no signature.
The platform is capable of carrying any payload of up to 13.2 lbs. This makes HoverLite is suitable for a wide range of small platforms including pick-up trucks, ATVs, UGVs/USVs (unmanned ground /surface vehicles), boats, communication vehicles, etc.