by Stephen Elliott
Adapted from a press release
Elbit Systems announced today that it was awarded circa $300 million contract by a country in Asia* to provide its HermesTM 900 UAS. Performance of the contract will be for a period of five years.
Elbit will provide its Hermes 900 UAS, associated sub-systems, and maintenance and support services. Hermes 900 is Elbit’s next-generation multi-role MALE UAS. It features over-the-horizon, persistent multi-mission, multi-payload capabilities with a class-leading payload carrying capacity of 350 kg. Hermes 900 is capable of performing missions for area dominance and persistent ISTAR.
Mr Bezhalel (Butzi) Machlis, Elbit Systems President & CEO, commented: “There is a continuous demand for integrating unmanned systems to cope with a growing variety of operational needs. Our operational portfolio of autonomous capabilities, in all domains of operation, positions us competitively to address these needs.”
Twelve countries selected Hermes 900 UAS to date, attesting to its strategic advantage over other unmanned systems in a multi-dimensional battlespace.
Hermes 900 incorporates flexible, cutting-edge, multi-payload configurations. The system employs standard and long-range EO/IR/laser, SAR / GMTI & MPR, COMINT/DF, COMINT GSM, COMMJAM, ELINT, EW, hyperspectral systems, large area scanning systems, wide area persistent surveillance and other payloads.
Mission management is performed in a highly autonomous manner via the Hermes ground control system (GCS) designed to control combined Hermes 900 and Hermes 450 missions. Hermes 900 can perform two concurrent missions from the same GCS using two ground data terminals (GDT). Hermes 900 is the most recent MALE UAS procured by the IDF as well as by multiple international customers.
Hermes 900 Performance:
Take-off Weight – 1,180 kg
Max Payload – 350 kg
Endurance – up to 36 hours
Service Ceiling – 30,000 ft / >9000 m (>9 km)
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