At Elbit Systems’ Haifa headquarters, a room is devoted to give pride of place to the Hermes 450, the Israeli defence group’s top-of-the-line unmanned aerial vehicle, or drone.

With its 300km range and ability to stay aloft for 17 hours, the Hermes 450 forms the backbone of Israel’s military fleet, which uses the drone in counterterror operations.

It can be spotted around the globe too, carrying a range of different payloads – military or civilian: Brazil’s air force used Elbit’s flagship UAV last year to monitor and secure the pan-American football cup. […]