Friday, May 7, 2010

Elbit Systems to supply Hermes 900 and Hermes 450 UAVs to IDF

Elbit Systems Company announced on Sunday that it was awarded an Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) contract from the Ministry of Defense, valued at approximately $50 million. Under the new contract, the company will supply the IDF, for the first time, with the Hermes 900 unmanned systems.

Also, the company will supply additional Hermes 450, as well as enhance the intelligence capabilities of its existing UAS already in the military service. The contract will be carried out over the span of three years.

Last December, the company premiered the first flight of the Hermes 900 UAS, which can spend more time in the air, fly at an altitude of more than 30 thousand feet, has a larger payload capacity and enhanced flight capabilities in severe weather conditions.

Like its predecessors, it has a universal command & control ground station (UGCS), which enables advanced mission management, automatic taxiing, autonomous flight and automatic takeoff and landing systems common to all the UAVs in the Hermes family. The new system also uses a built-in satellite communication channel for missions beyond line of sight.

"We are proud to have been selected by the Israeli Ministry of Defense in this UAS project, attesting to the IDF's high level of satisfaction with the performance of our UAS,” said Joseph Ackerman, President and CEO of Eilbit Systems.

“By introducing the Hermes 900 into our growing UAS portfolio, we continue to provide the IDF with effective solutions for its varying operational needs, ranging from the mini-UAS Skylark I-LE operated by the Israeli Ground Forces, through the Hermes 450 which plays a central role in the IDF's anti-terror efforts, to our brand new Hermes 900." .....................Source


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