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Elbit nears $180m Philippines drone deal
« on: June 15, 2019, 09:33:10 AM »
Elbit nears $180m Philippines drone deal
13 Jun, 2019 11:44
The deal includes the supply of Hermes 900, Hermes 450, Skylark 1, and Skylark 3 UAVs.

https://en.globes.co.il/en/article-elbit-set-to-sign-philippines-drone-deal-1001289414

Israeli defense electronics company Elbit Systems Ltd. (Nasdaq: ESLT; TASE: ESLT) is nearing a $180 million deal with the Philippines army, sources inform "Globes." Defense sources predict that the deal for supplying various types of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to Philippines army units would be signed in the coming weeks.

The UAVs involved are large: Hermes 900 and Hermes 450 for long-range missions. These UAVs are capable of flying for many hours. The deal also includes supplying the Philippines army with Skylark 1 and Skylark 3 tactical UAVS designed mainly for use by field units for real time observation and intelligence gathering missions.

All of the UAVs that Elbit Systems will supply to the Philippines will be used for intelligence gathering, patrols, and border defense missions. Furthermore, they will be adapted to homeland and internal security missions for the Philippines, a country of many islands that faces terrorist threats.

Last summer, Philippines media reported another important deal amounting to $160 million between the Philippines army and Elbit Systems involving the supply of Hermes 450 UAVs. Following completion of the deal in recent months, the Philippines decided to enlarge its airborne intelligence deployment for its army and renew the systems it already had, among other things through Hermes 900 UAVs.

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Re: Elbit nears $180m Philippines drone deal
« Reply #1 on: June 15, 2019, 09:59:46 AM »
Hermes 900

Israel to acquire more Hermes 900 UAVs | IHS Jane's 360 - 21 December 2016
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The Israeli Air Force (IAF) is to acquire additional Elbit Systems Hermes 900 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) as it looks to expand its intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities.

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Known as Kochav (Star) in national service, the Hermes 900 made its operational debut for the IAF during Operation 'Protective Edge' over the Gaza strip in July 2014. It was tasked with gathering ISR data that was used for subsequent air strikes, and flew more than 100 times during this particular mission.

The Israeli Air Force is to 'multiply by six' the number of Hermes 900 UAVs that it fields. Source: Armasuisse

Hermes 450

http://www.elbitsystems-us.com/unmanned-aerial-solutions/hermes-450/

The HermesŪ 450 is a highly reliable, mobile and deployable unit with 15 years of service and more than 100,000 hours of flight time. The fully composite, fully operational HermesŪ 450 may be launched and recovered from both prepared and semiprepared runways. This medium-size, multipayload UAS (unmanned aerial system) may operate two payloads simultaneously (many payload options) and provide persistent surveillance with endurance in excess of 18 hours (up to 30 hours with external fuel tanks.) The HermesŪ 450 offers high operational versatility for both military and non-military use, with manual or fully autonomous flight capabilities and common, cutting-edge, full, redundant avionics. Its ability to operate in austere environments is well documented and growing. The HermesŪ 450 is the primary reconnaissance platform for the Israeli Defense Force and was selected by the British Army to be fielded in a derivative configuration as part of the Watchkeeper Program. It is also currently employed by the British Army in southern Iraq recently surpassing 10,000 operational hours in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF.)