TEL AVIV — The Israeli Air Force (IAF) next year will start fielding Elbit Systems’ Hermes 900 medium-altitude long-endurance unmanned aircraft after becoming the launch customer for the system. Under a $50 million contract, Elbit will supply several Hermes 900 UAVs as well as some advanced models of the Hermes 450 (“Zik”), which has been the linchpin of the IAF’s UAV force since 1999. The IAF will have to wait several months for the new system, however, since development tests have not ...


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