A twin engine Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) UAV system, the Hermes® 1500 is capable of a maximum takeoff weight of 1750 kg, maximum altitude > 33,000 ft, more than 24 hours endurance, maximum payload weight of 400 kg, with both Line-Of-Sight (LOS) and SATCOM data links, and operational for both day and night missions.
The Hermes 1500 is highly reliable (full redundancy), with a broad range of valuable payloads, and features the safe-return-home function.
The Hermes1500 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.
This is a large endurance UAV that can easily be mistaken for any number of private twin-engine passenger aircraft. It is ifact a well-appointed UAV for long-range surveillance and tactical reconnaissance. These aircraft were not used by the Israelis, but were bought by several Israeli allies and business interests, most notably the South Africans, Argentines, and Singapore, as well as some civilian scientific agencies for land survey and mapmaking.
In an press release on 2 June 1998, Elbit Systems Ltd announced the first flight of the Hermes 1500.
Military support missions:
Long range EO/IR observation
Various payloads according to
Non military missions:
Payload capacity: 350 Kg (2000 Liters of unobstructed volume in the fuselage)
Complete redundancy of all systems: Engines, avionics, communication, mechanical
Fully autonomous flight capability
Long endurance on station
Common state-of-the-art Ground Control Station – compatible with Hermes 450 system
Light, high strength composite material structure
Optional BLOS (satellite communication)
Ground Control Station
Mission planning, management & control
Built-in data exploitation and dissemination
Full mission debriefing & simulation
Identical and redundant consoles
Single operator, advanced HMI
Ruggelized COTS H/W
Commercial S/W tools
Common GCS / DGCS (Down-sized GCS) to Hermes A/V family
Interoperability – STANAG optional
S-280 or downsize mobile station
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