Elbit UAS selected for Swiss program

The Hermes 900 HFE is the choice for unarmed reconnaissance, says the Swiss government.

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Elbit Systems Ltd. (Haifa, Israel) announced on June 8  that it was selected by the Swiss Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport (“DDPS”) as the preferred supplier for the UAS 15 new reconnaissance drone program.

The previous ADS 95 Ranger reconnaissance drone system, which the Swiss Armed Forces have been operating since 2001, will be replaced by 2020. Under the 2015 arms procurement program, efforts are in progress to replace the current UAV system, which is reaching the end of its life cycle. In order to ensure its replacement in good time, DDPS has chosen the "Hermes 900 HFE", manufactured by Elbit Systems. It is an unarmed reconnaissance drone system, which has been preferred to a competitor built by Israel Aerospace Industries.

The Hermes 900 HFE system is an all-weather unarmed reconnaissance drone system that is more flexible, has longer endurance in the air and a wider operational range than the system currently in use. The new reconnaissance drone system (ADS 15) will cost around 250 million Swiss francs.

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