IAF’s new Hermes 900 “Star” unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) can remain airborne for 30-hrs and designed for long-endurance tactical missions has becomes fully operational.
By Lilach Shoval and Israel Hayom Staff
The Israeli Air Force introduced a new unmanned aerial vehicle into its operational lineup Tuesday, in a move a senior officer said would “revolutionize the drone world.”
The Hermes 900 Kochav (“Star”), which became operational this week, is a medium-size multi-payload unmanned aerial vehicle, designed for long-endurance tactical reconnaissance, surveillance, and communications missions.
Manufactured by Elbit Systems, the Hermes 900 can remain airborne for over 30 hours, and can fly at an altitude of 30,000 feet. Continue Reading »
Purchase approved at $250 million by Swiss parliament despite pro-Palestinian supporters rallying against investment in anything Israeli.
Switzerland’s parliament on Monday voted in favor of a controversial plan to buy six Israeli surveillance drones worth 250 million Swiss francs ($256 million, 230million euros).
The upper house of the Swiss parliament approved the purchase of six unarmed Hermes 900 drones with 30 votes in favor and 12 opposed, confirming the lower chamber’s previous authorization of the deal.
An Elbit Systems’ Multi-role long range Male UAV Hermes 900 is presented at the International Paris Airshow at Le Bourget, France, on June 17, 2015 – Photo: Eric Piermont/AFP
Campaigners had rallied against the deal with Israeli company Elbit Systems, urging Switzerland not to invest in Israel’s military complex due to its alleged “systematic human rights abuses” against Palestinians. Continue Reading »
Lebanese army reported Saturday: “Around 8:30 a.m., a drone belonging to the Israeli enemy fell in the port of Tripoli,” • Photographs taken at the scene appear to identify an unarmed Hermes drone. • IDF declines to comment – Again.
By Daniel Siryoti, Israel Hayom Staff & Reuters
An Israeli surveillance drone crashed into the sea near the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli on Saturday morning, according to Lebanese officials.
A drone, claimed to be Israeli, is pulled out of water near Tripoli, Saturday – Photo: EPA
Keeping with its policy regarding foreign reports, the Israel Defense Forces declined to comment. Continue Reading »
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