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Elbit Hermes 900 (Kochav)

Medium Altitude, Long Endurance (MALE) Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)

Elbit Hermes 900 (Kochav)

Medium Altitude, Long Endurance (MALE) Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)

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SPECIFICATIONS
ARMAMENT
VARIANTS
HISTORY
MEDIA
OVERVIEW



The Elbit Hermes 900 features an expanded role profile when compared to the earlier Hermes 450 series.
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ORIGIN: Israel
YEAR: 2012
STATUS: Active, In-Service
MANUFACTURER(S): Elbit Systems - Israel
PRODUCTION: 100
OPERATORS: Brazil; Chile; Colombia; Israel; Mexico; Philippines; Switzerland
SPECIFICATIONS



Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the Elbit Hermes 900 (Kochav) model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.
CREW: 0
LENGTH: 27.23 feet (8.3 meters)
WIDTH: 49.21 feet (15 meters)
WEIGHT (EMPTY): 1,830 pounds (830 kilograms)
WEIGHT (MTOW): 2,601 pounds (1,180 kilograms)
ENGINE: 1 x Rotaz 914 engine developing 115 horsepower.
SPEED (MAX): 137 miles-per-hour (220 kilometers-per-hour; 119 knots)
RANGE: 1,553 miles (2,500 kilometers; 1,350 nautical miles)
CEILING: 30,003 feet (9,145 meters; 5.68 miles)
RATE-OF-CLIMB: 1,200 feet-per-minute (366 meters-per-minute)




ARMAMENT



None. Only mission-specific payloads carried.
VARIANTS



Series Model Variants
• Hermes 900 - Base Series Designation


HISTORY



Detailing the development and operational history of the Elbit Hermes 900 (Kochav) Medium Altitude, Long Endurance (MALE) Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV).  Entry last updated on 11/16/2018. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com.
The Israeli Elbit Hermes 900 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) is an evolved, and dimensionally larger, version of the earlier Hermes 450 system (detailed elsewhere on this site). The Hermes 900 has been developed to suit the inherent requirements of "Medium Altitude, Long Endurance" (MALE) UAV service currently sought by many world military powers and security forces today. The system is unarmed and intended for the Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance (ISR) role as well as other indirect combat battlefield roles including communications relay. A Hermes 900 vehicle achieved first flight on December 9th, 2009 and has since entered frontline service with the forces of Israel. Additional customers have become Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and Switzerland.

The Hermes 900 is a next-generation MALE UAV whose battlefield capabilities are supported through the installation of advanced sensors, camera equipment, and other mission-specific payloads. It is designed for exceptionally high loitering times, featuring mission endurance window of 36 hours. Power is supplied through a single Rotaz 914 series engine of 115 horsepower set in a "pusher" configuration at the rear of the fuselage. The aircraft's overall configuration is consistent with existing UAV systems seen elsewhere and includes a bulged nose section housing systems and avionics, a chin fairing mounting optics, a streamlined, tubular fuselage and rear-mounted engine. The main wing assemblies are wide-spanning straight units while the only tail wing arrangement is a pair of outward-canted fins sat over the engine installation. The undercarriage is wheeled though non-retractable.

Hermes 900 operation is through a two-man Ground Control Station (GCS) which is adaptable to the existing Hermes 450 series system. Aircraft performance includes a maximum speed of 137 miles per hour with a cruising speed of around 70 miles per hour and a listed service ceiling of 30,000 feet.

The Hermes 900 is named the "Kochav" ("Star") in Israeli Air Force service.




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Our Data Modules allow for quick visual reference when comparing a single entry against contemporary designs. Areas covered include general ratings, speed assessments, and relative ranges based on distances between major cities.

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Relative Maximum Speed Rating
Hi: 150mph
Lo: 75mph
    This entry's maximum listed speed (137mph).

    Graph average of 112.5 miles-per-hour.
City-to-City Ranges
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Graph showcases the Elbit Hermes 900 (Kochav)'s operational range (on internal fuel) when compared to distances between major cities.
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Unit Production Comparison
Comm. Market HI*: 44,000 units
Military Market HI**: 36,183 units
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  * Commercial Market High belongs to Cessna 172.

  ** Military Market High belongs to Ilyushin Il-2.


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Supported Roles
A2A
Interception
UAV
Ground Attack
CAS
Training
ASW
Anti-Ship
AEW
MEDEVAC
EW
Maritime/Navy
SAR
Aerial Tanker
Utility/Transport
VIP
Passenger
Business
Recon
SPECOPS
X-Plane/Development
A2A=Air-to-Air; UAV=Unmanned; CAS=Close Support; ASW=Anti-Submarine; AEW=Airborne Early Warning; MEDEVAC=Medical Evac; EW=Electronic Warfare; SAR=Search-Rescue
Commitments / Honors
Military lapel ribbon for Operation Allied Force
Military lapel ribbon for the Arab-Israeli War
Military lapel ribbon for the Battle of Britain
Military lapel ribbon for the Battle of Midway
Military lapel ribbon for the Berlin Airlift
Military lapel ribbon for the Chaco War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cold War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cuban Missile Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for pioneering aircraft
Military lapel ribbon for the Falklands War
Military lapel ribbon for the French-Indochina War
Military lapel ribbon for the Golden Age of Flight
Military lapel ribbon for the 1991 Gulf War
Military lapel ribbon for the Indo-Pak Wars
Military lapel ribbon for the Iran-Iraq War
Military lapel ribbon for the Korean War
Military lapel ribbon for the 1982 Lebanon War
Military lapel ribbon for the Malayan Emergency
Military lapel ribbon representing modern aircraft
Military lapel ribbon for the attack on Pearl Harbor
Military lapel ribbon for the Six Day War
Military lapel ribbon for the Soviet-Afghan War
Military lapel ribbon for the Spanish Civil War
Military lapel ribbon for the Suez Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for the Vietnam War
Military lapel ribbon for Warsaw Pact of the Cold War-era
Military lapel ribbon for the WASP (WW2)
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 1
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 2
Military lapel ribbon for the Yom Kippur War
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