Elbit Systems announced on 12 April that it has been awarded two contracts by Latin American customers to upgrade the HERMES 900 UAS those nations currently operate.
The contracts, valued at approx. $20 million (€18.3 million), call for the integration of satellite communications (SATCOM) and automated take-off and landing (ATOL) systems. Both contracts will be completed inside twelve months, the company stated.
The upgrades will advance these medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) UAS to the latest configuration, increasing their operational range to be extended to more than 1,000km and enabling autonomous take-off and landing, independent of GPS reception.