Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Heavy-Fuel Naval UAV

Elbit's Hermes 90 Completes First Flight. Flight International (9/29, Egozi) reported, "Elbit Systems has performed the first flight of its Hermes 90 unmanned air vehicle powered by a heavy-fuel engine." Haim Kellerman, general manager of Elbit's UAV division, "says the event marks a significant milestone in the company's naval activities." The article noted heavier fuel "provides significant advantages" over automobile gasoline "in the naval and maritime environment, by enabling UAV operations and refuelling to be conducted from naval vessels."

Since Elbit is an Isreali firm, this dovetails quite nicely into the Dayton UAV development center and the recent Dayton-Isreal trade agreements.

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