Elbit Systems Launches New UAS

The Hermes 650 Spark UAS excels in medium altitude long endurance aerial missions, thanks to features like automatic takeoff and landing and auto-taxi capability from short runways By Abi Wylie / 26 Feb 2024
Elbit Systems Launches a New UAS
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Elbit Systems, a global leader in defense technology, has unveiled its latest addition to its market leading Hermes family, the Hermes™ 650 Spark Unmanned Aerial System (UAS).

This next generation UAS boasts outstanding endurance, versatility, and cost-effective performance across land, air and sea operations.

Summary of Key Benefits and Features:

  • Autonomous Operation
  • Unique Wide Flight Envelope
  • High Payload Capacity
  • Minimum Life Cycle Cost (LCC)
  • Exceptional Safety, Survivability, and Immunity Standards
  • Increased Range (BLOS), Flight Speed and Efficiency
  • NATO STANAG 4671 compliant

This latest addition is a tactical UAS designed to meet the evolving challenges of the aerospace and defense industries, expanding the Hermes operational flight envelope with next-generation multi-mission capability, versatility, and survivability. 

It has Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) capabilities, delivering exceptional payload capacity with increased range, flight speed, endurance, and operational efficiency.

This autonomous, digital UAS is designed to meet diverse operational needs across Air, Land, Sea, Homeland Security (HLS), and civilian applications. With its high payload capacity facilitated by exceptional large payload bays, the Hermes 650TM Spark allows for multi-payload configurations without compromising flight endurance. 

The comprehensive design considerations focus on minimizing the Life Cycle Cost (LCC), ensuring cost-effective mission performance. The UAS aims to uphold the highest standards of safety, survivability, and immunity, complemented by modern, autonomous, and predictive maintenance practices, ultimately contributing to a low Life Cycle Cost.

Engineered for versatility and reliability, this fixed-wing UAS excels in medium altitude long endurance aerial missions, thanks to features like automatic takeoff and landing (ATOL) and auto-taxi capability from short runways. 

With a remarkable load of 260kg, the UAS boasts eight modular storage stations, accommodating large payload bays in the fuselage and six hard points on the wings. This allows it to carry payloads up to 120kg on full fuel capacity without compromising flight endurance.

The system’s multi-payload capability integrates high-quality electro-optics (EO), radar, SIGINT, and other advanced functionalities simultaneously. It has the ability to execute long missions within SATCOM range and has an extended endurance lasting up to 24 hours.

Yoram Shmuely, General Manager of Elbit Systems Aerospace, said; “The launch of our Hermes™ 650 Spark marks an important milestone for Elbit Systems. This cutting-edge UAS, built on decades of market leadership, underscores our commitment to pushing the boundaries of technology, and providing exceptional capabilities to our global partners. 

“I am confident that this new addition to our diverse and innovative aerospace defense portfolio will further solidify our commitment to advancing defense technology, ensuring security, and meeting the dynamic needs of the modern battlefield.”

Posted by Abi Wylie Connect & Contact