Thursday, July 14, 2011

Israeli spy balloons helping keep the world safe

Turns out Israeli UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) technology is being used by numerous allies around the world, a Jerusalem Post report out today confirms. Here's a small blurb:
The United States Army began using Israeli reconnaissance equipment in Afghanistan this week with the delivery of three tactical aerostat systems – large hot-air balloons – that will be used to protect American soldiers deployed in operations.

Call me a military geek, but spy tech has always fascinated me. The dedication by people and countries to build a better spy gadget over the years has been amazing. But I digress...

In any event, countries like Canada, the U.S., Germany, Australia, Spain and France are all making use of Israeli military spy gadgetry - specifically something called the Skystar-180 hot air balloon recognizance thingy – to help protect the free world. That's cool.   

The Skystar system is made by Israeli company RT LTA (Lighter Than Air) Systems. Its website describes the Skystar as a "self-contained, versatile, easily transportable, cost-effective tactical system comprised of a ground control station, a ground system module, a tether, a lighter-than-air platform, a stabilized payload platform and a sensor suite."

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