Elbit Systems has been awarded a contract valued at some $20 million to supply Hermes 450 UAV systems to an unnamed European country. The order specifies both air vehicles and complementary ground systems, for delivery next year.\
With no fewer than three on show, the Elbit Hermes 450 outnumbers any other machine type in the static park at Singapore ’08. The UAV has proved a major success for Elbit, with a number of important overseas sales, including to Singapore. The type has now logged more than 70,000 hours–mostly in operations supporting the Israel Defence Force. It can carry a 150-kilogram payload and flies at 16,000 to 18,000 feet.
The Elisra Group is showcasing a wide range of specialist products, from UAV sensors and IR protection systems to a new immune satellite navigation system at its exhibition in the Israel Pavilion. Seventy-percent owned by Elbit Systems, the Elisra Group consists of three principal constituents: Elisra Electronic Systems, Tadiran Electronic Systems and Tadiran-Spectralink.
Israel’s Elbit Systems (Chalet A332) has won contracts to supply its aviator’s night vision imaging system/head-up display (ANVIS/HUD) for the helicopters of two more as yet undisclosed NATO countries.
Elbit has chosen the Paris Air Show to unveil its latest unmanned air vehicle design–the Hermes 900. Pitched as a tactical medium-altitude long-endurance vehicle, the yet-to-fly Hermes 900 fits neatly in size between the company’s Hermes 450 and the larger twin-engine Hermes 1500.
The final configuration of the Thales Watchkeeper UAV for the British Army is unveiled here, outside the Thales pavilion. Now that the critical design review is successfully accomplished, Thales is showing this intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance (ISTAR) system to other potential customers.
Chelton Flight Systems and Kollsman are one step closer to introducing technology that can integrate the display symbology from Chelton’s FlightLogic EFIS with the infrared video image of Kollsman’s GAViS (general aviation vision system), a forward-looking camera that holds the promise of giving pilots a new way of seeing the world ahead.
An impressive array of innovative, advanced and sophisticated products and systems mark a significant increase in Israel’s presence at the Paris Air Show this year. A new pavilion accommodates Israel’s 12 leading defense companies, while an array of products for civilian markets are also featured.
Elbit Systems subsidiary Cyclone Aviation has completed its acquisition of the Aircraft Systems division of Israel Military Industries. An aircraft engineering, maintenance and upgrade specialist, Cyclone bought the IMI subsidiary to broaden its product-line offering, which now includes external fuel tanks and pylons for the F-15 and F-16 fighter jets and a vertical ejection bomb rack for the F-16.
“Elbit covers the tactical side of the spectrum, from the diminutive Skylark to the Hermes series,” claimed Eli Yitzhaki, the company’s vice president, business development and marketing. But while the Hermes 450 provides the backbone of Israel defense force UAV operations, the Skylark mini-UAV is showing great promise during development trials undertaken by the Israeli Army.