Israeli defence company Elbit Systems announced on 28 September that it has been awarded a $120 million contract to supply Hermes 900 Maritime Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and training capabilities to the Royal Thai Navy.
Under the contract which will be performed over a three-year period, Elbit Systems will provide the Royal Thai Navy with Hermes 900 Maritime UAS featuring maritime radar, electro-optic payload, satellite communication, droppable inflated life rafts and other capabilities.
The Hermes 900 Maritime UAS is intended to enable the Royal Thai Navy to perform both blue water and littoral missions, dominate vast swathes of sea and long coastlines, communicate with operational vessels and carry out civilian missions such as maritime Search and Rescue and identification of suspicious activities and potential hazards.
UAS of the Hermes family has been selected to date by more than 20 customers including Israel, the UK, Switzerland, Canada, the United Nations, the European Union, Brazil, Chile, Mexico and others; attesting to their competitive edge by combining technological sophistication, reliability, open architecture and a solid growth path.
Yoram Shmuely, General Manager of Elbit Systems Aerospace, commented:
“This is yet another vote of confidence in the Hermes family of UAS. We are experiencing a growing demand around the globe for our unmanned solutions that are capable of effective integration with operational activities of manned forces across domains of operation, addressing a wide range of evolving threats.”