The Israeli air force next year will start fielding Elbit Systems’ Hermes 900 medium-altitude, long-endurance unmanned aircraft for which it is the launch customer. 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 air force’s UAV fleet since 1999. The air force will have to wait several months for the new system, which is still in development tests. With a maximum ...


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