The Israeli Air Force's 'star'

Israel Air Force's new UAV can stay in the air for up to 30 hours straight.

Kobi Finkler,

The 'Star'
The 'Star'
IDF spokesperson


Israel Air Force absorbed its new "Star" into combat, and announced it as the IDF's new operational aircraft.

The "Star" is a newer version of the Hermes 450 UAV. When creating it, the goal was to double the craft's strength and abilities in as many ways as possible, including size, payload, flight time, and distance.

Despite the changes, various aspects of the original Hermes 450 were preserved, including the cabin, communications system, operating system, and maintenance plans. This was done in order to make the plane's absorption easier and more efficient, and to integrate it more quickly into the Air Force's existing infrastructure, without necessitating changes in cost or long training periods.

Despite the similarities between the aircraft, the Air Force's absorption process included a series of experimental flights and the adaptation of existing combat doctrines.

This process was nearing completion three years ago, during Operation Protective Edge, and within a few days one Star was functional, carrying out its first operation on July 15, 2014. This operation was made possible because the Elbit company's activities and maintenance of the plane.

After Operation Protective Edge ended, the Star returned to its regular absorption process in Israel's Spark Squadron, together with the Hermes 450's regular activities.

The Star's full name is Elbit Hermes 900. It is 9 meters long, has a wingspan of 16 meters, can travel at a speed of up to 220 kilometers per hour, and can remain in the air for up to 30 hours.

The 'Star'
IDF spokesperson

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