Hermes 900 UAS

Elbit Systems has been awarded a contract for the delivery of a mixed fleet of its Hermes 900 and Hermes 450 unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to an undisclosed Latin American country.

Under the contract, the company will supply universal ground control stations (UGCS) and a range of payloads and capabilities, such as advanced payloads systems, intelligence COMINT systems, SAR/MPR multi mode radar, as well as additional sensors to the customer.

Elad Aharonson, Elbit Systems UAS Division general manager, said the Hermes 900 system can be used for a wide variety of operations, ranging from intelligence gathering, to perimeter and security missions.

"The unique capability of joint operation with the Hermes 450 offers seamless integration for existing users, further enhancing operational flexibility and cost effectiveness and eliminating the need for additional infrastructure or special training programs," Aharonson added.

Deliveries under the contract will take place in the next two years.

With an endurance of more than 20 hours, the Hermes 900 is a medium size, multi-payload unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) designed to perform tactical long endurance missions.

The UAV is widely operated by the Israeli Air Force (IAF), Azerbaijan, Brazil, Croatia, Cyprus, Georgia, Mexico, Singapore, as well as the US and the UK.

Derived from the combat proven Hermes 450, the Hermes 900 is an advanced, highly versatile UAS intended primarily for conducting medium altitude long endurance (MALE) tactical missions, such as reconnaissance, surveillance and communications.

Weighing 970 kg, the UAS is capable of flying at a maximum altitude of 30,000ft, with an endurance of over 30 hours, and can also be configured to conduct area dominance, persistent intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance (ISTAR) operations.

Image: Elbit Systems’ Hermes 900 UAS being displayed at the 2007 Paris Air Show. Photo: courtesy of Mirgolth.