Elbit Systems Hermes 900 with multiple payloads
Elbit Systems Hermes 900 with multiple payloads

Asian Country Orders Hermes 900 Unmanned Aircraft Systems for $300 Million

Elbit Systems Ltd announced today that it was awarded an approximately $300 million contract by a country in Asia to provide Hermes 900 Unmanned Aircraft Systems (“UAS”). The contract will be performed over a period of five years. Under the contract, the Company will provide its Hermes 900 UAS and associated sub-systems, as well as maintenance and support services. The Hermes 900 UAS has been selected to date, by 12 countries, attesting to its competitive edge that combines technological sophistication, reliability, open architecture and a solid growth path.

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.”

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Photo of the Hermes 900 UAS that is in service with the Israeli Air Force
Photo of the Hermes 900 UAS that is in service with the Israeli Air Force

The Elbit Systems Hermes 900 Kochav (Star) has an endurance of over 30 hours and can fly at a maximum altitude of 30,000 feet (9,100 m), with a primary mission of reconnaissance, surveillance and communications relay. The Hermes 900 has a wingspan of 15 m (49 ft) and weighs 970 kg (2,140 lb), with a payload capability of 300 kg (660 lb). The Hermes 900 was first used by Israel during Operation Protective Edge in July 2014. It was introduced during the operation for unique missions that it could perform better than the Hermes 450.

Elbit Systems Ltd. is an international high technology company engaged in a wide range of defense, homeland security and commercial programs throughout the world. The Company, which includes Elbit Systems and its subsidiaries, operates in the areas of aerospace, land and naval systems, command, control, communications, computers, intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance (“C4ISR”), unmanned aircraft systems, advanced electro-optics, electro-optic space systems, EW suites, signal intelligence systems and communications systems, radios, cyber-based systems and munitions.

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