Stark Aerospace Introduces Hoverlite Tactical Tethered Hovering Aerial ISR System


HoverLite--For RotatorColumbus, Miss., (October 13, 2014) – Stark Aerospace, as part of a rapid research and development effort sponsored by the Combatting Terrorism Technical Support Office (CTTSO), introduces the HoverLite tactical tethered hovering aerial ISR system. 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.

Rising to a height of 165 ft. in ~ 15 seconds, HoverLite is secured by a tether providing power and bi-directional signals to and from the aerial platform and its sensor(s). HoverLite can be operated on the move and broadcasts ISR products to users on the network or local with no signature.

“We are excited to offer this new capability to the ISR market”, said Robert Foglesong, Chairman & CEO of Stark Aerospace. “The HoverLite serves a huge gap in fast reaction 360 degree situational awareness.”

The platform is capable of carrying any payload of up to 13.2 lbs. 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.

Technical Specifications

  • Maximum hover height: 165ft
  • Deployment time: 15 seconds
  • Wind Limit: 25 Kts ~ 28.8 MPH
  • T-STAMP-ER electro-optical stabilized gimbal payload:
  • Stabilization at the nadir by 3-gimbal system
  • GPS aided IMU on LOS provides target geo-location
  • Day Channel
    • Continuous optical zoom (X20)
    • Horizontal Field of View: 2o to 40o
  • Thermal Camera
    • FPA 640×512 pixels, 15µ pitch
    • Horizontal Field of View: 3o to 22o
    • Continuous optical zoom
  • Laser Pointer


Stark Aerospace Inc. products will be featured at this year’s 2014 AUSA Annual Meeting & Exposition, October 13-15 in Washington, DC (hosted in the IAI North America- Booth # 2039).

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Stark Aerospace, Inc., headquartered in Columbus, MS has a 100,000 SF+ state of the art production facility. Stark’s Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Division produces the ArrowLite™ sUAS and supports the U.S. Army Hunter MQ-5B UAS. The Sensors Division assembles and repairs Plug-In Optronic Payloads (POP), including variants of the POP300 (D, HD, I, LR) used on the Army RQ-7 Shadow UAS. Stark Defense Services (SDS), also located in Columbus, MS provides classified and unclassified field service for Stark products.

AMI, Stark’s Engineering Division located in Redmond, Washington has a highly experienced team specializing in systems development, aerodynamics, loads, structures, stability & control, concept development, preliminary design, systems integration, flight tests, software development and more.

Stark Aerospace is a wholly owned subsidiary of IAI North America the US subsidiary of Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd., the largest aerospace & defense company in Israel.

For further information contact:

Lisa Gordon
[email protected]
(703) 875-3722