Air Force accepts first Hermes 450, flight tests for Hermes 900 soon

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The Philippine Air Force (PAF)’s first Hermes 450 medium altitude long endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) from Israeli firm Elbit Systems was formally accepted to Air Force service on October 16 under the 3031st Unmanned Aerial Reconnaissance Squadron, MaxDefense Philippines said October 28.

“Additional units will be formally accepted into service soon,” it added.

Moreover, MaxDefense noted that “starting this week or next week, the PAF will start flight tests on two of their newly-delivered Hermes 900 UAVs, which we expect as being assembled as we post this.”

During September 30 Senate committee hearing on Department of National Defense (DND)’s 2020 budget, Secretary Delfin Lorenzana confirmed that PAF received its first two Hermes 450.

Under the Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) Level 3 Acquisition Project through the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Modernization Program, PAF is set to receive 1 complete system of Hermes 450 with 3 brand new UAVs and 3 complete systems of Hermes 900 with 3 UAVs each.