July 10, 2012      

The Boeing Company, like many UAV developers, has experienced reductions in the U.S. defense budget. However, with a booming commercial market to fall back on, the company continues to expand its UAV product offerings.

Boeing signed a Memorandum of Understanding today with international defense electronics company, Elbit Systems. The two companies will collaborate on the marketing and sales of Elbit Systems’ Hermes 450 and 900 unmanned airborne system (UAS) product lines in the United States and select international countries.

“The Hermes product line provides a medium-altitude, long-endurance capability that complements the Boeing unmanned portfolio while addressing an important need for U.S. warfighters and allies on today’s ever-changing battlefields,? said Debbie Rub, Boeing Missiles and Unmanned Airborne Systems vice president and general manager.

A multi-role, high-performance tactical UAS and the primary platform of the Israeli Defense Forces in counter-terror operations, Hermes 450 is a mature and combat-proven UAS with more than 400,000 operational flight hours.
The Hermes 900 features over-the-horizon, persistent multi-mission, multi-payload capabilities and can perform missions for area dominance and for persistent intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance (ISTAR).

Hermes 900 also can perform ground support and maritime patrol missions, and offers the capability for integrated multi-platform, multi-sensor operation. Based on the heritage of the Hermes 450 UAS, the Hermes 900 employs identical building blocks using a larger air vehicle with nearly double the performance.