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    Watchful Eyes: Israeli Surveillance Balloon Keeps Tabs on Paris Talks

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    Police in the French capital are using Israeli-made surveillance balloons to provide security for the ongoing Climate Change Summit.

    The SkyStart 180 aerostat is capable of operating in the air continuously for up to 72 hours, reaching altitudes of 300 m (1000 feet). It was leased by the Paris municipal police from the balloon’s producer, RT LTA, and the French company Group SSI, the Jerusalem Post reported on Tuesday.

    Skystar 180 tactical aerostat system
    Skystar 180 tactical aerostat system

    The small-size (19.5 ft / 5.9 m) highly-mobile helium-inflated aerostat is designed for tactical operations by various security bodies.

    “The need for persistent surveillance is enhanced in a high risk operational environment of hostile civilian surrounding, where enemies can operate in clandestine,” a press release on the RT LTA website reads in part. “Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) activated against military forces near their bases and attempted attacks on military camps are also threats which require constant and reliable eyes in the sky.”

    Mr. Medvedev, the Russian prime minister, examines RT's Skystar180 aerostat system capabilities

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    For its operation in the French capital, which was hit last month by a wave of deadly terror attacks, TR-STAMP (Triple Sensor LRF Stabilized Miniature Payload) surveillance equipment, also made in Israel, is being used. The payload provides tactical “over-the-hill” reconnaissance images using its triple sensor (infra-red, laser rangefinder and CCD TV) electro-optical system.

    Israel is one of the world’s leading countries in robotics and unmanned aerial vehicle engineering.

    Paris is hosting the 21st UN Climate Change Conference from November 30 to December 11. The conference aims to reach a legally binding agreement on climate change.

    Several developing countries seek a loose wording for the deal, while developed nations want a legally binding agreement to ensure effective mitigation of climate change effects.

    On November 13, a series of coordinated attacks at several locations in the French capital killed at least 130 people and injured over 360. The Daesh (also known as ISIL or Islamic State) extremist group claimed responsibility for the attacks. Russia has outlawed Daesh on its territory, classifying it a terrorist organization.

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