The Israeli air force has awarded Elbit Systems a contract worth about $90 million to supply it with additional Hermes 900 unmanned air systems within the next three years. Announced in late December, the deal includes the company's provision of UAS maintenance services for eight years.
Building on a launch order signed in May 2010, the Hermes 900 commitment was among a raft of deals made between the air force and Elbit during December, which totalled a combined $280 million.
Also included in this sum was a deal of about $90 million to supply to the service electronic warfare systems for its Boeing F-15 and Lockheed Martin F-16 combat aircraft over the next four years, a $25 million order for advanced observation and long-range target acquisition systems and an agreement to buy battle management system avionics for its helicopters. A six-year pact for the company to provide virtual training for its fighter pilots, and operational and maintenance services at its flight academy, is valued at about $75 million.