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Elbit Systems UAS-based long-range maritime rescue capability


Elbit Systems introduces a UAS-based long-range maritime rescue capability | Air Recognition

--- Quote ---Adverse weather conditions and short endurance significantly degrade the SaR capabilities of manned aircraft, often preventing them from executing their missions. Capable of more than 24 hours of continuous flight, the Hermes 900 Maritime Patrol can operate in adverse weather conditions in both day and night. Equipped with the new SaR capability the UAS can increase the number of SaR missions that can be safely executed and improve the safety and effectiveness of maritime SaR response.

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The Hermes 900 Maritime Patrol can carry up to four, six-person life-rafts that are integrated on its wings. Using an onboard maritime radar the UAS detects survivor situations. Upon detection the UAS’ Electro-Optic/Infra-Red (EO/IR) payload is deployed to provide visual identification, and a rapid calculation of the drop-point is performed, enabling the UAS to dispatch life rafts from a low-altitude of 600ft to a pin-pointed location at a safe distance from the survivors. A gradual inflation process of the life-rafts is initiated after dispatch and is completed upon landing.
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See Also:
* Hermes 900 @ PH
* Hermes 900
* Hermes 450 @ PH
* Hermes 450


Hermes 900 maritime SaR – with 4 life rafts (Picture source: Elbit Systems)

Hermes 900 UAS Maritime SaR Search and Rescue body drop closeup. (Picture source Elbit Systems)


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