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Swiss Select Hermes 900 to Replace Ranger UAVs

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The Military’s Drone System Must Be Replaced

(Source: armasuisse, Swiss defence procurement agency; issued June 5, 2014)

(Unofficial English translation by Defense-Aerospace.com)

Elbit Systems has beaten compatriot IAI to win the competition for Switzerland’s new UAV, which will replace the Ranger UAVs currently in service at a cost of about 250 million Swiss francs. (armasuisse photo)

The ADS 95 Ranger drone system operated by the Swiss Army since 2001 must be replaced by the end of this decade. The selection of the replacement system will form the basis of the annual armaments message.

The replacement of the current drone system, which is nearing the end of its service life, can be prepared under Armaments Program 2015 or in subsequent years. In order to ensure the timely replacement of the Ranger, a new model of drone has been selected so that the basis for the Armaments Message to Parliament can be established.

The Hermes 900 HFE unmanned aircraft system produced by the Israeli company Elbit Systems has been selected. This unarmed reconnaissance drone system won the competition against the rival Super Heron made by Israel Aerospace Industries. The Hermes 900 HFE system was chosen because it had the best overall result of all evaluation criteria. Both systems had demonstrated that they were capable of fulfilling all the requirements during the preliminary evaluation.

The Hermes 900 HFE system is a system of unarmed drones that can be engaged in all weathers and has more flexibility, greater autonomy and a greater range than the current system.

The new drones are not armed. UCAVs are not currently, and will not in the near future, be considered for operation by the DDPS.

A detailed position document on the operation of drones will be taken in the context of the message on armaments, the development of the armed forces, and the report on security policy.

The new system of drones (ADS 15) costs approximately CHF 250 million and its procurement will likely be submitted to Parliament as part of the 2015 armament program. (ends)

Elbit Systems Selected as Preferred Supplier for Swiss UAS Program

(Source: Elbit Systems Ltd.; issued June 8, 2014)

HAIFA, Israel --- Elbit Systems Ltd. announced today that it was selected by the Swiss Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport ("DDPS"), as the preferred supplier for the UAS 15 new reconnaissance drone program.

As indicated in the DDPS press release, implementation of the program is subject to further Swiss government approvals.

Elbit Systems Ltd. is an international defense electronics company engaged in a wide range of programs throughout the world. The Company, which includes Elbit Systems and its subsidiaries, operates in the areas of aerospace, land and naval systems.