Hermes™ 650 Spark Unveiled: Elbit Systems Launches a New State-of-the-Art UAS

This latest addition expands the operational flight envelope with next-generation multi-mission capability, versatility, and survivability

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Elbit Systems unveiled its latest addition to its market-leading Hermes family. According to the company’s announcement, this Next Generation Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) boasts outstanding endurance, versatility, and cost-effective performance across land, air, and sea operations.

The Spark’s key benefits and features include autonomous operation; a unique wide-flight envelope; high payload capacity; minimum life cycle cost (LCC), top safety, survivability, and immunity standards; increased range, flight speed, and efficiency; and NATO STANAG 4671 compliance.


Yoram Shmuely, General Manager of Elbit Systems Aerospace: “This cutting-edge UAS, built on decades of market leadership, underscores our commitment to pushing the boundaries of technology, and providing exceptional capabilities to our global partners. I am confident that this new addition to our diverse and innovative aerospace defense portfolio will further solidify our commitment to advancing defense technology, ensuring security, and meeting the dynamic needs of the modern battlefield.”

 As the latest addition to the highly acclaimed Hermes family, the Hermes™ 650 Spark expands the operational flight envelope with next-generation multi-mission capability, versatility, and survivability. The tactical UAS with Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) capabilities delivers exceptional payload capacity with increased range, flight speed, endurance, and operational efficiency.

This next-generation, autonomous, and digital UAS is designed to meet diverse operational needs across Air, Land, Sea, Homeland Security (HLS), and civilian applications. With its high payload capacity facilitated by large payload bays, the Hermes 650TM Spark allows for multi-payload configurations without compromising flight endurance. The comprehensive design considerations focus on minimizing the Life Cycle Cost (LCC), ensuring cost-effective mission performance.

The UAS upholds the highest standards of safety, survivability, and immunity, complemented by modern, autonomous, and predictive maintenance practices, ultimately contributing to a low Life Cycle Cost.

The Hermes™ 650 Spark tactical UAS stands out for its exceptional operational capabilities. Engineered for versatility and reliability, it excels in medium altitude long endurance aerial missions, thanks to features like automatic takeoff and landing (ATOL) and auto-taxi capability from short runways. With a useful load of 260kg, the UAS boasts eight modular storage stations, accommodating large payload bays in the fuselage and six hard points on the wings. This allows it to carry payloads up to 120kg on full fuel capacity without compromising flight endurance.

The system’s multi-payload capability integrates high-quality electro-optics (EO), radar, SIGINT, and other advanced functionalities simultaneously. It can execute long missions within SATCOM range and has an extended endurance lasting up to 24 hours.

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