Elbit Systems recently delivered an Hermes 900
Maritime Patrol Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) to an undisclosed
customer in South-East Asia.
The Hermes 900 Maritime Patrol integrates
detection and identification capabilities, onboard inflated
life-rafts, and precision dispatch capability, so that it can perform long-range maritime Search
and Rescue (SAR) missions.
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 during the day and at night.
Crucially, 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 UASí
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.
The Hermes 900 Medium Altitude Long Endurance UAS
operational with the Israeli Air Force since 2015.