The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) selected Elbit Systems UK to conduct maritime demonstration flights in the UK using a number of its unmanned aerial systems (UAS) including the Hermes 900. The demonstration flights are designed to demonstrate the advantages of using long-range unmanned capabilities in civilian airspace, with the ability to utilise multiple sensors on a single platform. The programme also includes the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and additional UK companies, including Inzpire and Aviation Systems Group.
The flights will support the MCA in their existing efforts to provide a 24-hour maritime search and rescue service around the UK coast and in the international search and rescue region through HM Coastguard.
The 1.2 ton Hermes 900 Maritime Patrol is long-range maritime surveillance system equipped with maritime radar, an Electro Optic payload, satellite communication, an automatic identification system receiver and an emergency position-indicating radio beacon receiver. Elbit Systems’ Skylark I-LEX will also be taking part in the demonstration flights.
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