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Israel to export unmanned aerial vehicles to Latin America

  |   June 6, 2011 at 4:19 PM
HAIFA, Israel, June 6 (UPI) -- Israel's Elbit Systems Ltd. has announced an export order for its Hermes 900 unmanned aerial vehicles to Latin America.

The specific Latin American country wasn't identified in Elbit Systems' announcement, released Monday.

Besides the Hermes 900 UAV, the contract calls for Elbit Systems Ltd. to provide the requisite command and control terrestrial stations as well as Elbit Systems Electro-optics -- Elop Ltd.'s state-of-the-art DCoMPASS payload systems and relevant radar components.

The Elbit Systems Hermes 900 UAV is designed for medium-altitude, long-endurance tactical missions, with a flight time of more than 30 hours and can reach altitudes of 30,000 feet. The Hermes 900 UAV weighs 2,138 pounds and has a payload capability of 660 pounds, allowing it to carry offensive munitions systems as well.

The new contract build upon a May 2010 Israeli air force award to Elbit systems of $50 million three-year contract to supply the Hermes 900 UAV, which has full interoperability and maintenance capability with the Elbit Hermes 450 UAVs already deployed by the Israeli air force.

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