Monday, August 6, 2012
Elbit Systems has new Latin American UAS Contract
Elbit Systems was awarded a two-year multimillion dollar contract for a mixed fleet of their Hermes 900 and Hermes 450 unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) from a Latin America customer, the company said Sunday.
The Israeli defense electronics firm did not disclose the name of the Latin America customer that awarded the contract to them, and also refused to disclose the financial details of the contract.
Elbit will also provide the customer with the UAS universal ground ground control stations and a variety of payloads and capabilities to include electro-optical systems developed by El-Op. It will also provide intelligence, communications and other sensors that will be developed by the Elisra Division.
Elbit noted that the Irael Defense Forces is among the armies around the world that use the Hermes 450 and that the Hermes 900 offers a range of enhanced capabilities--from higher flight altitude to heavier payloads--that builds off the operational experience of the Hermes 450.
"We are proud of the customer's decision to acquire a combined array of Hermes® 450 and Hermes® 900, joining several other Hermes® 900 customers, including the Israeli Defense Forces," said Elad Aharonson, general manager of Elbit Systems UAS Division. "Hermes® 900 is well positioned as a world-leading UAS, suitable for a wide variety of missions, from intelligence gathering, to perimeter and security missions. The unique capability of joint operation with the Hermes® 450 offers seamless integration for existing users, further enhancing operational flexibility and cost effectiveness and eliminating the need for additional infrastructure or special training programs."