Under the contract and in co-operation with CEiiA, a leading engineering company in Portugal, Elbit Systems will lease and operate its Hermes 900 Maritime Patrol and its ground control station.
Hermes 900 is a persistent long-range unmanned maritime surveillance system tailored for littoral and blue water operations, and will feature maritime radar, an electro-optic payload, satellite communication and an automatic identification system (AIS) receiver.
Elad Aharonson, general manager of Elbit Systems ISTAR Division said, "Having been selected by the European Union authorities is yet another vote of confidence in the Hermes 900 by following additional contract awards for this UAS in Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America and Israel."
The Hermes 900 Maritime Patrol will enable persistent monitoring of vast swathes of sea and long coastlines and effective identification of suspicious activities and potential hazards.
"Extensively deployed, the Hermes 900 family of UAS continuously expands its capabilities, introducing the capability to operate in civilian airspace and integrating self-protection suites and stronger payloads," Aharonson said.
Hermes 900 is a next-generation multi-role MALE UAS. The system features over-the-horizon, persistent multi-mission, multi-payload capabilities with a class-leading payload carrying capacity of 350 kilograms. Hermes 900 is capable of performing missions for area dominance and persistent ISTAR (intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance).
Hermes 900 can also be utilised for ground support and maritime patrol missions, as well as for integrated multi-platform, multi-sensor operations.
Elbit Systems is an international high technology company engaged in a wide range of defence, homeland security and commercial programs throughout the world.