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  • Hermes 900 UAV Wins First Export Deal
    Posted by Noam Eshel 12:29 PM on Jun 07, 2011

    Elbit Systems reported Yesterday the first export sale of its Hermes 900 UAV to the Chilean defence forces.  The UAV system selected by Chile will include the DCoMPASS payload systems.

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    The Chileans have had a military requirement for UAS for several years, but only after the earthquake that devastated the country in 2010 did the need for advanced, rapid response aerial surveillance system receive a high priority.

    The Chilean choice followed evaluation of two classes of UAS. At the high end were the Hermes 900 and Heron from IAI, both already in use by the Israel Defense Forces. At the lower (tactical) level were Hermes 450, and Aerostar from Aeronautics Defense Systems. The Hermes 900 will be operated by the Chilean Air Force (Fuerza Aérea de Chile – FACH).

    Hermes 900 builds on the vast operational experience of the Hermes 450, the backbone of the Israel Defense Forces’ UAS fleet. The system uses unified ground control stations (UGCS) that share software architecture and training programs with other Hermes family platforms, allowing Hermes 900 users to integrate with Hermes 450 systems, enhancing operational flexibility, infrastructure, training and system life cycle cost.

    Photo: Elbit Systems

    Tags: ar99, unmanned, Chile

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