An Israel Air Force UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) went down in the Mediterranean on Tuesday. The IDF spokesperson’s office confirmed the crash, and said it will be investigated.
Navy ships and an IAF helicopter worked together to pull the UAV out of the water. The UAV that crashed has been identified as a Hermes 450 model.
In mid-July an Israeli UAV crashed near the border with Egypt. IDF officials said the crash was deliberately caused by operators in response to a technical problem.
That UAV, too, was located and taken in for analysis.
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The Hermes 450 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), produced by Elbit Systems and used in Afghanistan by the British Army, has recently completed more than 70,000 operational flight hours, a number equivalent to more than eight years of continuous flight.
The Hermes 450 is an advanced tactical UAV, equipped with avionic systems that enable autonomous flight and precise GPS navigation. The system’s electro-optic and infrared sensors and its advanced ground communication system make it possible to detect and identify targets at ranges of nearly 150 kilometers and transfer images to ground stations in real-time.
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Maj. Jonathan Backston, commander of the British Army’s UAV operations in Afghanistan, noted that “this is a vital system that delivers continuous intelligence information. We have added UAVs to the force over the years, and reinforced the cooperation with ground forces.”
The IDF uses the UAV for operational activity in routine security and counterterrorism assignments.