Elbit Systems Ltd. announced today that it was awarded two contracts valued at a total of approximately $20 million from Latin American customers to upgrade the capabilities of their Hermes 900 Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS).
Both contracts will be performed within a 12-month period.
Under the contracts, the Company will integrate satellite communications (SATCOM) systems and automatic takeoff and landing systems into the Hermes 900 UAS that the customers are already operating. This upgrade will advance these Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) UAS to the latest configuration, enabling extension of the operational range to more than 1000km and performing the takeoff and landing autonomously and independent of GPS reception.
Four Latin American countries reportedly operate Hermes 900 UAS: Brazil (Brazilian Air Force), Chile (Chilean Air Force), Colombia (Colombian Air Force) and Mexico (Mexican Federal Police).
Hermes 900 Kochav (Star) is a medium-size, multi-payload, medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) designed and developed by Israeli company Elbit Systems for tactical missions. It is a sequel to the Hermes 450 series of drones, one of the most widely used military drones in the world.
The UAV features over-the-horizon, persistent multi-mission, multi-payload capabilities with a class-leading payload carrying capacity of 350 kg. It is capable of performing missions for area dominance, persistent intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance (ISTAR).
The unmanned aircraft also can perform ground support and maritime patrol missions and offers the capability for integrated multi-platform, multi-sensor operation. It 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.
Since its debut 10 years ago, the Hermes 900 UAS was selected by numerous customers across four continents, performing a wide range of missions in the fields of ISTAR, homeland security and maritime search and rescue.