The whirring of unseen wings—a sound once synonymous with harmless hobbyists—now carries a potential for malice. Drones, or UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles), have become a growing threat, infiltrating sensitive airspace and posing risks to security and safety.

But Elbit Systems, a leader in defense technology, has soared to the challenge with its latest innovation: the Red Sky air defense system.

A Targeted Approach: Defending Against the Drone Threat

Red Sky isn’t just another defense system; it’s a game-changer. Unlike its bulkier, pricier counterparts, Red Sky focuses on defending against low-altitude aerial threats, specifically drones.

Technically classified as a Tactical Very Short-range Air Defense (VSHORAD) system, Red Sky excels at eliminating drone threats within a 4.35-mile (7 7-kilometer) radius and up to 15,000 feet (4,572 meters) in altitude.

This targeted approach makes it ideal for protecting borders, critical infrastructure like power plants, and military bases from these agile intruders.

The Power of Two: Soft and Hard Kill Capabilities

The brilliance of Red Sky lies in its versatility.

It employs a two-pronged attack, offering both “soft kill” and “hard kill” capabilities.

The ReDrone electronic warfare (EW) suite acts as a digital net, its sophisticated sensors adept at detecting, identifying, and even potentially taking control of rogue drones.