IDF to Test Israeli-made Hovercraft

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JERUSALEM, Israel -- The Israeli army will soon begin testing a new hovercraft.

CBN News Jerusalem Bureau recently reported on the Skylark, one of the IDF's newest unmanned aerial vehicles, developed by the Israeli company Elbit Systems.

Known as one of the world's smallest UAVs, the Skylark can be launched in the field using a bungee cord and reach altitudes of 10,000 feet.

Now, Israeli soldiers can look forward to another system to help them do their job in the field. In a few more weeks, the first HoverMast-100 hovercraft system, developed and manufactured by the Israeli company Sky Sapience, will be ready to begin its pilot program in the field, IsraelDefense reported on Thursday.

Like the Skylark, the HoverMast-110 can be deployed quickly and easily by troops in the field. Neither weather nor terrain affects the hovercraft's functionality. It's powered by a generator that can be installed in any vehicle and tracked on screen while driving.

The HoverMast-110 can hover at altitudes up to 50 meters (about 100 feet) and carry fairly heavy payloads relative to its size.

IDF Brig.-Gen. (res.) Gabi Shahor started the company three years ago with engineers Shai Cohen and Ronen Keidar.

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