Six UK Elbit Systems Hermes 450s

Line of Heron UAVs.jpg

(Photo: Elbit Systems)



Six Elbit Systems Hermes 450s UAVs operated by the British Army under an urgent operational requirement deal with Thales UK are seen above. Meanwhile on the other side of the world Australia has recently signed a contract extending its use of Herons until at least December 2011.

Here is the Heron’s manufacturing and performance specifics:


Wingspan 16.6/26m
Length 8.5/14m
Mass 1,150/4,650kg
Endurance 52/36h
Cruise speed 80kt/undisclosed
Altitude 30,000/45,000ft
Payload 250/1,000kg



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4 Responses to Six UK Elbit Systems Hermes 450s

  1. eamon 31 August, 2010 at 11:19 am #

    Will – Mate, you need your eyes checked! They aren’t RAAF Herons…they’re British Army Watchkeepers.

  2. Will Horton 31 August, 2010 at 11:27 am #

    Thanks for the correction, Eamon. All should be right now. Cheers!

  3. Craig Hoyle 31 August, 2010 at 1:42 pm #

    Sorry, still wrong: they are Elbit Systems Hermes 450s, operated by the British Army under an urgent operational requirement deal with Thales UK. The Watchkeeper 450 looks similar, but isn’t in use yet. You can tell the new aircraft apart as it has a twin-payload configuration.

  4. Will Horton 1 September, 2010 at 2:12 pm #

    Okay, we should be good now!

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