Iceland Becomes First EU Country To Use Elbit Systems’ Hermes 900 UAS Maritime Patrol Services
08:42 AM, June 18, 2019
Iceland has become the first European Union (EU) country to use Elbit Systems Hermes 900 UAS maritime patrol services, particularly adapted to withstand the strong winds and icy conditions common to the North Atlantic Ocean.
Elbit Systems won the contract to provide the services to the country from the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) and Portugal's CEiiA, the company said in a statement Tuesday.
The Icelandic maritime authorities based the Hermes 900 Maritime Patrol operation at the Egilsstaðir airport in the East of the island, from which maritime UAS patrol has the capability of covering more than half of the Icelandic Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).
The Hermes 900 Maritime Patrol is a persistent long-range unmanned maritime surveillance system tailored for littoral and blue water operations, featuring maritime radar, an Electro Optic (EO) payload, Satellite Communication, an Automatic Identification System (AIS) receiver and an Emergency Position-indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) receiver.
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