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Israel’s Elbit to upgrade the capabilities of their UAV’s for Latin American customers

TEL AVIV, (BM) – Elbit Systems announced Sunday that it was awarded two contracts valued at a total of approximately $20 million from Latin American customers to upgrade the capabilities of their Hermes 900 unmanned aircraft systems, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing Israel Hayom.

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Both contracts will be performed within a 12-month period.

Under the contracts, the defense electronics giant will integrate satellite communication systems and automatic takeoff and landing systems into the Hermes 900 that the customers are already operating.

This upgrade will advance these Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) UAS to the latest configuration, enabling extension of the operational range to more than 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) and performing the takeoff and landing autonomously of GPS reception.

Since its debut 10 years ago, the Hermes 900 UAS was selected by numerous customers across four continents, performing a wide range of missions in the fields of Intelligence Surveillance Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR), homeland security and maritime search and rescue.

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BulgarianMilitary.com recalls that Israeli Hermes-900 UAVs were sold in follow Latin American countries: Brazil, Mexico, Colombia and Chile.

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