Elbit Systems announced today that it has performed a series of joint flights of its Hermes 450 and Hermes 900 unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). The two UAS were controlled and operated by the same universal ground control station (UGCS), transmitting imagery, electronic and communications intelligence they had collected to their station operators, while using different communications systems.
Joint flight control and management of two different UAS provides greater operational flexibility as each UAS can be adapted to a specific mission, according to Elbit.
The UGCS can control two parallel UAS missions simultaneously, with each mission managed by a single operator, and functions such as automatic taxiing, autonomous flight and automatic takeoff and landing common to all Hermes models. Using a common UGCS to conduct joint flight control is "highly cost effective", Elbit says, as the two UAS share the same software architecture and training programs.
Elbit has produced a video of the joint flights.