Hermes 900

Operator: Israel
Status: In Service / On Order
Number: 3+ (fleet size to multiply by six)
Cost: 1st Order: $50 million
2nd Order: $90 million
Acquired: 2011 (first saw combat in July 2014)
General Specs
Country of origin: Israel
Role: Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE)
Manufacturer: Elbit Systems
Introduced: 2009
Take-Off/Landing: Conventional take-off and landing (CTOL)
Power plant: Rotax 914 engine
Thrust: 115 hp (86 kW)
Wingspan: 49.21 ft (15 m)
Length: 27.23 ft (8.3 m)
Height: Unknown
Weight: Unknown
Max takeoff weight: 2,601 lb (1,180 kg)
Max payload 771.6 lb (350 kg)
Fuel capacity: Unknown
Speed: 138 mph (222.1 km/h)
Ceiling: 30,000 ft (9,144 m)
Endurance: 36 hours
Range: Unknown
Operators: Unknown
Armament: None
Radar/Sensors: Long Range Electro-optics/Infrared
Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR)
Maritime Patrol Radar (MPR)
Electronic Intelligence (ELINT) sensors
Communications Intelligence (COMINT) sensors
Wide Area Surveillance / Mapping
Hyper Spectral
Countermeasures/ Defenses: None
Misc Systems: Ground Moving Target Indication (GMTI)
Automatic Identification System (AIS)
Laser Designator
Communications Relay
Electronic Warfare (EW) system
Communications jamming (COMM JAM)
Satellite Communication & LOS Data Link


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