Israeli arms firm tests UAV capable of reaching Iran: report

18:46, December 15, 2009      

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An Israeli arms firm has successfully carried out a flight of a new unmanned aerial vehicle(UAV) capable of performing surveillance missions thousands of kilometers from Israel, including over Iran, local daily The Jerusalem Post reported Tuesday.

Elbit Systems, one of Israel's largest defense electronics manufacturers and integrators, carried out the maiden flight on Monday of the new long-range, high-endurance Hermes 900 UAV, said the report.

The Hermes 900, the longer-range model of the Hermes 450 which has accumulated over 170,000 flight hours, offers additional key capabilities. It can stay airborne for 36 hours, fly at altitudes of more than 30,000 feet, carry a large payload of up to 300 kilograms and fly in adverse weather conditions.

The new UAV offers advanced satellite communication capabilities and can be controlled from the same ground station as the Hermes 450, said the report.

The Hermes 900 uses innovative avionics and operates a silent engine allowing for missions in densely- populated areas. It offers additional technologies and applications such as electro-optic systems, laser designators and electronic intelligence sensors.

The Israel Defense Forces has yet to purchase the new UAV but already operates the Hermes 450, said the report, adding that the army recently purchased the Heron UAV made by Israel Aerospace Industries, which can remain airborne for over 30 hours and has a cruising altitude of 30,000 feet.

Source: Xinhua
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