Elbit Systems has received an order for what marks its 120th Hermes 900 Medium-Range-Long Altitude (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).
The family of the Hermes 900 multi-role MALE UAV is the company’s largest unmanned aerial vehicle and is capable of performing a wide range of missions including persistent intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnoissance (ISTAR). The UAV can also perform ground support and maritime patrol missions, and provides the capabilities for integrated multi-platform, multi-sensor operations.
In addition to this, the UAV has an endurance of up to 30 hours in a single sortie and features over-the-horizon, persistent multi-mission capabilities with a payload carrying a capacity of 450kg and a maximum ceiling of 30,000 feet. It incorporates flexible cutting edge multi-payload configurations employing standard and long-rangeSPECTRO EO/IR/SWIR/LTD, SAR/GMTI & MPR, COMINT Cellular, CoMMJAM and ELINT.
The Starline UAV, a derivative of the Hermes 900, is equipped with civil aviation technology, which allows it to meet both military and civilian certification standards. These technologies include a terrain avoidance warning system; automatic take-off and landing in limited visibility conditions; redundant avionics; sensors and satellite data links; and adverse weather capaibilities.
Since the first order of the unmanned aerial system (UAS) in 2011, the Hermes 900 has been chosen by more than 20 customers around the world, including Air Forces, Navy, Army agencies such as border protection, police and more.
“The 120th Hermes 900 UAV order is a significant milestone that is testament to the hard work and dedication of the whole Elbit Systems’ team. We are proud to have reached this remarkable milestone,” explained Yoram Shmuely, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Elbit. “Our ongoing commitment to providing top-quality products and outstanding customer service has led us to this achievement, and we appreciate all our loyal and supportive customers and end-users.”