Ten million dollars have gone: Elbit’s Hermes UAV crashed in the Philippines

Ten million dollars have gone: Elbit’s Hermes UAV crashed in the Philippines
Ten million dollars have gone: Elbit’s Hermes UAV crashed in the Philippines

About a year and a half after the Philippine Air Force began accepting the Hermes drones it had acquired from Elbit in a huge deal worth $ 170 million, this morning one of them crashed while returning to land.

The unmanned aircraft crashed in a vegetable field, with no casualties on the ground, but was destroyed. It is a relatively large and expensive unmanned vehicle, capable of staying in the air for 30 consecutive hours, and is used by the Philippines for patrol as part of its war with guerrilla forces in South Asia, and for rescue and rescue missions, in which it is able to drop folded success boats under its wings.

According to reports in the Philippines, the plane was about to land at Lombia Military Airport when contact with it was lost. The Philippine military is investigating the accident, and Elbit is expected to join later.

In 2019, the Philippines ordered 13 UAVs from Elbit, nine from the Hermes 900 model and four from the smaller and cheaper Hermes 450 model. Asia, and according to foreign sources also to Azerbaijan.

This is the second crash of the Hermes 900: About a year and a half ago, a plane from the Swiss version of the model, larger than the one sold to the Philippines, crashed in Israel during its development experiments. The Hermes sold to Switzerland is equipped with autonomous capabilities that allow it to fly on civilian flight paths, alongside passenger planes.

Despite the great improvement in the reliability of the UAVs, especially the large and expensive ones, their crashes are not uncommon. A new rune, transported dismantled on a rare flight directly to Afghanistan.

No response was received from Elbit.

The article is Hebrew

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