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Hermes 900 stars for Israel

The Israeli air force has equipped its Elbit Systems Hermes 900 unmanned air vehicles with undisclosed specialist payloads, and formally named the type "Kochav" (Star).

The air force has not disclosed which payloads are being equipped, but Elbit has previously unveiled an array of systems that can be carried by the type. These include the SkyFix communications intelligence/direction-finding system and the SkyJam airborne communications jamming suite. The latter can manage multiple frequency sub-bands, and be prepared with predefined threat lists and jamming priorities, the company says.

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Operated from the air force's Palmachim air base, the Kochav has a wingspan of 15m (49ft) and a maximum take-off weight of 1,100kg (2,430lb), including a payload of up to 300kg.

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