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Monday, July 1, 2019

First photo: Hermes 450 UAV in Philippine Air Force markings

MaxDefense has some updates on the Philippine Air Force's Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Acquisition Project, which is a Horizon 2 Phase Priority Project under the Revised AFP Modernization Program.

It would be noted that the project was awarded to Israel's Elbit Systems to supply and deliver the Hermes 450 and Hermes 900 medium altitude long endurance (MALE) UAVs to the PAF.

The photo below was shared to us, showing the first Elbit Hermes 450 UAV of the Philippine Air Force, probably taken in Israel.

The PAF's first Hermes 450 MALE UAV from Elbit Systems. Photo shared exclusively to MaxDefense.

Apparently, a source told us that its been sitting in crates in Israel waiting for the Philippine government to release funds before it gets shipped. 

It was also said that this unit is the freebie unit which will be used by the PAF to train in UAV ops in the Philippines while the rest of the Hermes 450 and Hermes 900 are being prepared for delivery between now and late 2020.

MaxDefense was informed that 2 UAVs will be arriving as first batch of Hermes 450. The rest will arrive at a later date, most likely before the end of 2019.

Previously MaxDefense posted a photo of the same UAV without the PAF markings yet, and taken in Israel by a source.

The same Hermes 450 UAV in 2018 without the PAF markings. Photo shared exclusively to MaxDefense.


First edit and release: 01 July 2019
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  1. duterte idiot, why dont buy multirole jets instead of these support aircrafts?, it will solve PAF's credible defense and defending our territory.

    1. A battlefield is a complex construct of elements with different role and responsibilities which contributes in winning wars. UAS or UAV has its own critical role in intelligence gathering that is beneficial in any decision making of the commanders in the field. You can't just buy jets and launch an attack that has no effective intel on the ground. YOU ARE A BIGGER IDIOT mr. Echo. In fact you have no brain.


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