Hermes 450

Operator: Israel
Status: In Service
Number: 20 (estimate)
Cost: Unknown
Acquired: 2000
General Specs
Country of origin: Israel
Role: Medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) unarmed reconnaissance
Manufacturer: Elbit Systems
Introduced: 1990s
Take-off: Runway (CTOL) or catapult
Landing: Runway (CTOL)
Power plant: R902 (W) Wankel Engine
Thrust: 70 hp
Wingspan: 34 ft (10.5 m)
Length: 20.01 ft (6.1 m)
Height:
Weight:
Max takeoff weight: 1,212 lb (550 kg)
Max payload: 397 lb (180 kg)
Fuel capacity: 231.49 lb (105 kg)
Speed: 80 mph (128.7 km/h)
Ceiling: 18,000 ft (5,486.4 m)
Endurance: 17 hours
Range: 186.4 miles (300 km)
Operators:
Armament: Potentially 2 x AGM-114 Hellfire
Radar/Sensors: Electro-optics/Infrared
Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR)
Maritime Patrol Radar (MPR)
Electronic Intelligence (ELINT) sensors
Communications Intelligence (COMINT) sensors
Countermeasures/ Defenses: None
Misc Systems: Ground Moving Target Indication (GMTI)
Automatic Identification System (AIS)
Laser Designator
Electronic Warfare (EW) system
Communications jamming (COMM JAM)

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