The Royal Thai Army (RTA) has introduced the Elbit Hermes unmanned aerial system (UAS), becoming the second Southeast Asian. Hermes is a multirole high performance tactical Unmanned Air System (UAS) developed by Elbit Systems. It has been serving as the main Intelligence. An Israeli unmanned aerial vehicle has just crashed in the vicinity of Baghdad Airport. According to the FARS News Agency, an Israeli Hermes drone crashed.
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Elbit Systems – Israel. She falls under the Elbit Systems branding and is designed for tactical long endurance sorties. The Hermes is primarily utilized as a reconnaissance, communications and surveillance platform by the Israeli Air Force 45 but an armed version is thought to exist operationally. Several nations with growing interest in showcasing UAVs have either evaluated, leased or purchased the Hermes hrrmes, those including the United States, United Kingdom, Singapore and Brazil.
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As such, the crew can interpret all incoming imagery and data in real-time and react accordingly, often times in conjunction with other ground elements. The Hermes has become a proven and highly versatile defense package that can be modified to suit the mission need. It features a gimbaled electro-optical payload that can accept reconnaissance and surveillance equipment as needed.
Elbit states that their Hermes has accumulated some 65, hours of flight in its short history, already having seen active service in several combat environments.
Structurally, the Hermes follows in line with other contemporary UAV designs it shares an outward similarity to the American Predator series. The fuselage is long and tubular in shape, containing the required guidance system, payload suites and internal guidance controls. The undercarriage consists of bow-legged structure mounted amidships holding single-wheeled main landing gear legs while the steerable nose landing gear single-wheeled is held well ahead in the design, just aft of the nose cone.
The undercarriage is completed static and does not retract when in flight.
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The available optics suite can be seen protruding from its blister housing along the fuselage centerline ahead of the wings. The wing assembly sits atop a short support structure and is straight in design featuring little in the way of sweep with cranked wing tips. The wings sit just aft of amidships. The empennage is made up of a “vee-shaped” slanted wing structure, these fins doubling as both the rudder and stabilizer. The Hermes wingspan is listed at 34 feet, 5 inches while her length is 20 feet.
Gross weight is in the vicinity of 1,lb. Wankel engines have been hwrmes to UAVs, cars civilian and race typeswatercraft and even hand-held power tools. The powerplant provides the Hermes with hhermes range of miles and a listed endurance time of approximately 20 hours. Rate-of-climb is reported to be around feet-per-minute with a maximum speed listed at miles per hour, cruise being equal to 81 miles per hour.
Elbit Hermes Cont’d. Israel is the primary and, appropriately, the most quantitative operator of their Hermes UAV system. An entire squadron of such vehicles has been formed and the air force has gone on to arm their Hermes family though elbbit IAF has not officially confirmed this.
As with American UAVs, Israeli UAVs – if armed – are thought to make use of the “Hellfire” elbiit missile wlbit synonymous with the tank-killing Apache helicopter, of which the Israelis operate in some number.
The Hermes has seen extensive action over the Gaza Strip and in the relatively recent Lebanon War, currently maintaining active operational status within the IAF ranks. In earlyHermes hdrmes are said to have participated in a pair of airstrikes launched against Sudan in an effort to control the flow of Iranian arms into the Gaza Strip.
Brazil ordered some 15 total Hermes units to assist in their ongoing urban drug wars. It is currently evaluating a collection of Hermes operationally for the army and navy for the period not to exceed one year. InCroatia received at least two Hermes systems. Similarly, the Mexican government received an unknown number of Hermes examples in Singapore has made it known that it acquire the Hermes to add to its growing list of operational UAVs.
Georgia has actively fielded the Hermes in the skies above the disputed Abkhazia region. The breakaway republic of Abkhazia is recognized by some countries including Russia as an autonomous nation while others including the United States consider it to be a part of Georgia proper. It borders the Black Sea and thus gives it a strategic value in the region. However, inat e,bit three perhaps as many as seven Hermes systems belonging to the Georgian Air Force were shot down during the period of March to May either by Russian or E,bit forces.
The overflights were seen as a direct violation of the “Agreement on a Cease-Fire and Separation of Forces” also known as the ” Moscow Agreement” signed by both parties and witnessed by the United States and Russia.
The system has seen active participation in British involvement throughout the current wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. However, the UK variant does not include provision for the fitting of armament but does make use of an integrated laser gyroscope for inertial navigation. An upgrade to the Hermes program, falling under the project name of “Watchkeeper”, is slated to replace the older series with the improved “Hermes B” model be known in the British inventory under the designation of “WK”.
This newer Hermes is said to wield all-weather capability and a reinforced structure for the rigors of an active battlefield environment as well as Ground-Moving Target Indicator GMTI and dual electro-optical payloads. Replacements are scheduled to begin sometime in Where applicable, the appearance of U.
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Areas covered include general ratings, speed assessments, and relative ranges based on distances between major cities. Relative Maximum Speed Rating. This entry’s maximum listed speed mph. Graph average of 90 miles-per-hour.
Graph showcases the Elbit Hermes ‘s operational range on internal fuel when compared to distances between major cities.