Israeli company Elbit Systems posted in its social networking page several photos of Hermes 900 medium altitude long endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) being assembled in its facility on November 27. Elbit did not mention the recipient of Hermes 900s being assembled.
Under the Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) Level 3 Acquisition Project through the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Modernization Program, the Philippine Air Force (PAF) is set to receive 1 complete system of Hermes 450 with 3 new UAVs and 3 complete systems of Hermes 900 with 3 UAVs each.
The advanced UAV system offers fully automated take-off and landing even under adverse weather conditions. Flying at an altitude of 33,000ft, Hermes 900 provides operators with real-time information on battlefields by performing surveillance and target acquisition over a large area.
The Hermes 900 UAV has been designed to provide maximum endurance while increasing flight economy and reducing fuel consumption during flight transition phases. Integral satellite communication terminal operations beyond the line of sight can be carried out by the nose fitted to the aircraft.
Several units of Hermes 450 and Hermes 900 were already delivered to PAF.
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