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The Elbit Hermes 900 MALE UAS of the Philippine Air Force

The Philippine Air Force (PAF) has selected the Elbit Hermes 900 medium altitude long endurance unmanned aerial system (MALE UAS) as one of the two UAS models ordered as part of their Unmanned Aerial Systems (Level 3) acquisition project under the Horizon 2 phase of the Revised AFP Modernization Program.

The Hermes 900 will become the most advanced UAV with the the Armed Forces of the Philippines once it becomes operational, and are expected to start arriving by 2020.

A fully-kitted Hermes 900 UAS demonstrator from Elbit Systems. 

Project Summary:

Unmanned Aerial System (Level 3) Acquisition Project (Partial) - Hermes 900 MALE UAS
Note: Edited as of 29 June 2019.

* End User: Philippine Air Force (300th Air Intelligence & Security Wing)

* Quantity: 3 systems

* Modernization Phase: Horizon 2 Phase of RAFPMP

* Project ABC:
 Php8,470,000,000.00 (whole project)

Acquisition Mode: Government-to-Government (G2G) between Philippine Department of         National Defense and Israel Ministry of Defense

* Source of Funding
GAA Funds through AFP Modernization Program Trust Fund, to be paid via Multi-Year Obligation Authority (MYOA) process.

* SARO Release: N/A

* Winning Proponent: Elbit Systems Ltd.

* Contract Price: Php8,470,000,000.00 for entire project

* First post by MaxDefense: 08 August 2017

* MaxDefense Searching Hashtag: #PAFUASAcquisition #PAFHermes900UAS 

* Status: awaiting delivery, scheduled to arrive starting early 2020.


The PAF will receive a total of three (30 complete Hermes 900 unmanned aerial system, with each system having three (3) Hermes 900 unmanned aerial vehicles, as well as ground control systems, support equipment, mission payload, and Integrated Logistics System (ILS) including training, technical support, and other requirement.

Part of the whole package invovles Elbit Systems Ltd delivering a Hermes 450 UAS system with four (4) UAVs, which will be arriving earlier in 2019.

U P D A T E S:

15 July 2017:

A photo was shared in Pinoy Aviator's Facebook page, which was also shared on MaxDefense's Facebook page wherein an aircraft that appears to be a Hermes 900 UAV was spotted flying "somewhere in Luzon". On the same day, MaxDefense received confirmation for sources that it was actually flying over Batangas province, as the Hermes 900 was being demonstrated and tested from the Philippine Air Force's Fernando Air Base in Lipa, Batangas.

A photo of what appears to be an Elbit Systems Hermes 900 UAV over Batangas.
Photo taken from Pinoy Aviator's FB page.


08 August 2017:

After getting more information from sources, MaxDefense released its first blog mentioning the acquisition of the Elbit Systems Hermes 900 MALE UAS as part of the planned acquisition of Level 3 UAS in our blog dated 8 August 2017. 

"Philippine Air Force to Procure Elbit's Hermes 900 Medium Altitude Long Endurance UAV Under Horizon 2 Phase" - first posted 08 August 2017

The Hermes 900 demonstrator as photographed inside a PAF hangar in Fernando Air Base in Lipa, Batangas in 2017. MaxDefense blurred out the man beside the Hermes 900 UAV for privacy purposes.
Photo shared to MaxDefense by a source who prefers to remain anonymous.


13 September 2017:

British defense publication Shephard Media quoted MaxDefense on the impending arrival of Elbit Hermes 900 and 450 UAS for the Philippine Air Force, which MaxDefense also shared in its Facebook page. The article also mentioned about the order for Hermes 450 UAS, and the delivery of the Marine Forces Imagery and Targeting Support System (MITSS) for the Philippine Marine Corps, which uses the Super Swiper II UAV.

The link to Shephard Media's article can be found on the link below:

"MALE UAVs operating in Philippines, more expected"



First edit and release: 31 March 2019
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