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Elbit Systems wins Hermes 900 UAS contract

6th June 2011 - 10:35 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


Elbit Systems Ltd announced today that it was awarded a contract to supply a Latin American country with Hermes 900 Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). The project is not in an amount that is material to Elbit Systems.

The UAS will also include complementing ground control stations, as well as Elbit Systems Electro-optics - Elop Ltd.'s highly advanced DCoMPASS payload systems and radar systems.

Hermes 900 builds on the vast operational experience of the Hermes 450, the backbone of the Israel Defense Forces' UAS fleet. Hermes 900 offers a range of enhanced capabilities, from higher flight altitude (over 30,000 ft) to longer endurance and larger payload capacity. The system's unique multipurpose payload bay enables it to carry a wide variety of payloads in different shapes and sizes for quick "conversion" between various payload configurations.

The common unified ground control station (UGCS) and the shared software architecture and training programs, allows the Hermes 900 to offer seamless integration for existing Hermes 450 users, enhancing operational flexibility and cost effectiveness.

Joseph Ackerman, President and CEO of Elbit Systems, commented: "We are very proud of the Hermes 900 selection, a major milestone in our UAS activity, following the Israeli Defense Forces' Hermes 900 order". Ackerman added: "The selection attests to the customer's trust in our cutting edge UAS technology and further strengthens our position as a world leading UAS supplier. We hope that other international customers will follow in selecting the Hermes 900 as their preferred solution."

Source: Elbit Systems

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