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

By Arie Egozi

Defence Industry

Haifa, Israel: Global leader in defence technology, Elbit Systems has unveiled the Hermes 650™ Spark, a new tactical UAS and the latest addition to its market leading Hermes family.

According to Elbit Systems, Hermes 650™ Spark is designed to meet the evolving challenges of the aerospace and defense industries. The new UAS expands the operational flight envelope with next-generation multi-mission capability, versatility, and survivability.

The company says that the tactical UAS with medium altitude long endurance (MALE) capabilities delivers exceptional payload capacity with increased range, flight speed, endurance, and operational efficiency. The Hermes 650™ Spark is a next-generation, autonomous and digital UAS designed to meet diverse operational needs across air, land, sea, homeland security (HLS) and civilian applications.

According to Elbit Systems, its high payload capacity facilitated by exceptional large payload bays, allows the Hermes 650™ Spark to carry multi-payload configurations without compromising flight endurance. The comprehensive design considerations focus on minimising the life cycle cost (LCC), ensuring cost-effective mission. 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 is 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.

Yoram Shmuely, General Manager of Elbit Systems Aerospace commented: “The launch of our Hermes 650™ Spark marks an important milestone for Elbit Systems. 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 defence portfolio will further solidify our commitment to advancing defense technology, ensuring security, and meeting the dynamic needs of the modern battlefield.”

With a remarkable useful load of 260 kg, 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 120 kg 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 has the ability to execute long missions within SATCOM range and has an extended endurance lasting up to 24 hours.