Thu, May 10, 2007
Hermes 450 Has Accumulated Over 65,000 Flight Hours
Aero-News learned this week Elbit
Systems' Hermes 450 is the first UAV in Israel to receive a
certification by civil aviation authorities.
Representatives with Elbit tell ANN the lack of civil
standardization for UAVs created a need to develop applicable
legislation in Israel. A special committee was established in order
to test the UAV, its mode of operation and the UAV's producer.
Elbit Systems is the first company to complete all the required
procedures, and receive all applicable civil aviation certification
The Hermes 450 is a major player in Israel's ongoing security
activities and the IDF's primary UAV system. The long-endurance
UAV, equipped with Elbit Systems' CoMPASS EO/IR/LD gimbaled
electro-optical payload, can adapt to a wide range of payloads,
including SAR/GMTI radar and dual payload configurations.
Elbit further states the Hermes 450 is highly autonomous,
controlled by the Hermes Universal Ground Control System (UGCS)
that facilitates highly automated mission operation and control of
the air vehicle and EO/IR/Laser payload. The UAV is equipped with
sophisticated communication systems transmitting imagery in real
time to ground stations.
Selected for the UK Watchkeeper program, the Hermes 450 has
flown in US operations and history-making flights in UK civil
airspace. To date, the Hermes 450 has accumulated over 65,000
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