Elbit Systems' Hermes 900 UAS Offers Multi-Mission Performance

  • IMR Reporter
  • 17-Mar-2016

Following the changes in policy that the Indian market is undergoing due to the "Make in India" program, the regulatory environment is now more open to cooperation, and cooperation is part of Elbit Systems’ DNA.  As a high technology company Elbit Systems’ vision is to achieve operational excellence in its target markets, India being one of them. We see the "Make in India" program as a unique opportunity to contribute to making India a global manufacturing center. 

According to a press release, Elbit Systems’ business philosophy encourages partnerships with local industries and the utilization of regional capabilities. The Company has already established partnerships with a number of leading Indian companies, including Hindustan Aircraft, Bharat Electronics and Bharat Forge and it takes pride in these cooperations. 
Offering a unique combination of capabilities, a strong local presence, extensive investment in research & development and emphasis on increased productivity, Elbit Systems is determined to establish a strong leadership position in the Indian market in each of its core businesses. Operating as a multi-domestic organization, the company focuses its efforts both globally and locally (GloCal) in order to more effectively meet the needs of its customers, says the company press release.

The newest and most advanced Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS), HermesTM 900 is a next-generation multi-mission, multi-payload Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) UAS. The Hermes 900 UAS has been selected by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), Switzerland, Brazil, Chile and additional undisclosed customers and is the most suited solution for any type of persistent ISR, area dominance, ground support, and maritime patrol mission. Designed for minimal maintenance, Hermes 900 is not only a highly mission effective system but also a system with lower life cycle costs. 

Hermes 900 is a natural extension of the successful Hermes 450, which has a track record of over 500,000 accumulated flight hours. Among the key capabilities offered by the Hermes 900 are longer endurance, flight altitude of 30,000 ft. and a large payload capacity (up to 350kg). A unique 2.5 meter long internal payload bay is provided, capable of accommodating up to 250 kg and allowing quick modular payload installation and replacement, as well as additional payload installation capacity including four hard points under the wings. The UAS includes innovative avionics and electronic systems, a low noise engine, as well as solutions that can be offered for sense & avoid capabilities and safe integration of the UAS into the relevant air space.  

Hermes 900 was developed in accordance with STANAG 4671 to the highest standards of safety and airworthiness. To facilitate capabilities to operate in adverse weather a suite of payloads is available as well as payloads such as SAR/GMTI capable of operating in cloud conditions.

The advanced Hermes 900 systems’ architecture separates safety critical flight systems from mission systems providing much greater flexibility and cost/optimization in integration of new, even customer indigenous, payloads. The modular internal payload bay is also an important enabler for easy and modular payload integration and installation.

Hermes 900 system provides rich and versatile multi-payload configurations offering unique cutting edge sensors and systems with flexible and modular installation. The following payloads and sensors are offered to accomplish a wide variety of missions:  
* Digital EO/IR/Laser payload – DCoMPASSTM
* SAR/GMTI & MPR Radar 
* SIGINT payloads: Skyfix COMINT/DF; Skyfix-G COMINT GSM system; SKYJAM communication jamming system; AES210 V/V2 ESM (ELINT) system;  additional EW systems
* Stand off Long Range EO/IR/Laser system - AMPS                                                   
* Electro optic Mapping and Survey/Scanning system - LASSO 
* Wide Area Persistent System (WAPS)
* Other  payloads
* Customer designated payloads

Hermes 900 also offers an advanced satellite communication data link and is operated from Elbit Systems' Universal Ground Control Station (UGCS), enabling advanced mission management, highly autonomous and mission effective operation and automatic takeoff and landing capability common to all the UAS in the Hermes family.