Elbit Systems: innovation key to crowded drone market. Israeli defence electronics company Elbit Systems Ltd, is going to maintain its image in global market in which it faces increasing competition from China, France, Turkey and others. The firm is adding new capabilities to its drones and boosting their data processing power to meet the needs of his Australian, Brazilian, South Korean, Indian and U.S customers, the unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) maker’s vice president Elad Aharonson told Reuters.A new remotely-operated drone at the Paris Airshow, SkyStriker, described as a “long-loitering munition” that is designed to fly for hours while sending back live video and data and to also be guided onto a target to deliver explosives which was unveiled by Elbit. The drone offers a “kill” function that allows an operator to abort the strike at the last minute.The SkyStriker UAV are an example of the constant need for innovation, said Aharonson, who also leads Elbit’s intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance (ISTAR) division created in 2015. “A lot of data is collected on the desk of the officer, and he doesn’t know what to do with it,” Aharonson said.
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