The main advantages of the new, miniature drone are its autonomous flight capability; silent electrical propulsion and small dimensions its low visual and acoustic signature that makes it, suitable for covert operations such as naval special operations, border security, anti-terrorism and anti-piracy operations.
It performs reconnaissance over the sea and coastal areas and performs continuous covert surveillance, thus extending the vessel’s ISR capabilities in range, rate, and quality of information obtained.
Rail-launched from a ship deck or small boat the Skylark C is operated by two operators from a portable Mission Control Unit (MCU). A unique attribute of Skylark C is the automatic, accurate recovery on water capability, employing Point Water Recovery (PWR) feature. This function is particularly important for small patrol boats and special forces that cannot support net arresting systems or other auxiliary recovery apparatus employed with larger drones.
At the end of the mission, the drone lands in the water, using parachute-based recovery to minimize impact. After landing the waterproof drone floats on water and retrieved by the operators. Mission preparation cycle, from retrieval to a new assignment, typically takes about 15 minutes.
SOURCE- Defense Update