A photo leak from Maxdefense Facebook Page shows the Elbit Hermes 450 medium altitude long endurance UAV. This aircraft painted with Philippine Air Force with a tail number 4001 are being transported to the Philippines.
Hermes 450 is a multirole high-performance Tactical Unmanned Air System (UAS) produced by Elbit Systems. It has been serving primarily as Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition, and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) platform for the Israel Defense Forces for more than a decade. The aircraft has an endurance of over 20 hours, with a primary purpose of reconnaissance, surveillance, and communications relay.
According to MaxDefense, Elbit will supply four Hermes 450 UAVs for around Php 8.5 Billion pesos. The procurement is part of a Government-to-Government (G2G) undertaking between the Philippines’ Department of National Defense (DND) and the Israeli Ministry of Defense (IMOD). The Unmanned Aerial Vehicle will be administered by the 300th Air Intelligence and Security Wing (300thAISW) of the Philippine Air Force (PAF).
The used of Philippine Air Force Hermis 450 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) provide realtime surveillance by capturing still images, video, and gather information about targets or individual. As the country tackle a different type of bandits, this aircraft is instrumental in monitoring them and getting their exact location.
This acquisition also provides our troops greater familiarity in operating advanced technology which prepares them in transitioning from conventional to digital warfare.