Hermes 1500: Flying Eyes for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance
Elbit Systems' Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) plays a crucial role in intelligence gathering and constitutes primary elements of net-centric warfare, particularly in the realm of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR). The Company offers a complete family of net-centric compatible UAV and mini-UAV platforms including HERMES 1500. Hermes 1500 is a twin engine Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) UAV system for maritime patrol and other support missions types. It is capable of maximum takeoff weight of 1750 kg, a maximum payload weight of 400kg and maximum altitude of approximately 30,000 ft. HERMES 1500 is powered by Twin turbo-charge Rotax 914 engines rated at 100hp each. Additionally, it has more than 24 hours endurance in both day and night missions and it is equipped with both Line Of Sight (LOS) and SATCOM data links. The Hermes 1500 MALE UAV has been designed for reliability, including the safe return home with a broad range of valuable payloads
Hermes 1500 executes its diverse missions in a highly autonomous manner and is controlled by Elbit Systems UGCS (Universal Ground Control Station), which can control two UAVs at any given time from a single station while a single operator operates the air vehicle and payloads for each UAV. The UGCS is compatible with various payload types and data links.
Performance-Mission radius (LOS) 200 km - Endurance >24 hours- Operational altitude up to 30,000 ft- Max. speed 130 kts- Cruise speed 80-120 kts
Technical Data- Wing span 15 m- Fuselage length 9.4 m- Take-off weight 1500 kg- Payload weight 350 kg- Power available for payloads 9.8 kW- Twin turbo-charge Rotax 914 engines, rated at 100hp each
Military support missions- Long range EO/IR observation - SAR/GMTI- Communication relay- Maritime patrol- Various payloads according to customer requirements
Non military missions- Coastal surveillance- Border patrol- Resource exploration- Cellular node- Atmospheric research
The article originally appeared in the newsletter of Epicos.com – The Portal for Aerospace & Defence Professionals. Its appears herein with their kind permission.