PAF to Acquire 4 Israeli's Elbit System Hermes 900 Kochav UAV


The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) continued it's modernization program under the Duterte administration as the Philippine Air Forces is acquiring four (4) Elbit Systems Hermes 900 Kochav (Star) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).



The planned acquisition of the modern technology from Israel is under the Revised Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Modernization Program Second Horizon as confirmed by defense observer and analyst MaxDefense Philippines.

According to Elbit Systems, the Hermes 900 is a next-generation multi-role medium altitude long endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial system (UAS).


The said UAV is capable of performing missions for area dominance and persistent intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance also known as ISTAR, Elbit said.

The Hermis 900 has a maximum speed of 220 km/h, cruise speed: 112 km/h, 36 hours endurance, and service ceiling of 9,100 m (30,000 ft).

The AFP's acquisition of the four Hermes 900 as part of the PAF Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Acquisition has an approved budget for contract (ABC) worth P8.47 billion.

According to the plans of the AFP, the the four UAVs are to be acquired under Horizon 2 Phase, and it appears that based on the quantity of ABC, each complete set of Hermes 900 including the undetermined sensors package, integrated logistics support (ILS), training, support equipment and other ancillaries will cost around P2.12 billion (US$41.94 million) each.


The acquisition of the four UAV from Elbit Systems will be through government-to-government contract with Israel, which means no bidding will be conducted. Elbit already conducted a demonstration of their product or the Hermes 900 last July 2017.

Pres. Rody Duterte promised during his last SONA that will be acquiring drones for the Armed Forces of the Philippines because there is an existing war against terrorists.

Source: MaxDefense / PIA

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