Air Platforms

Zambian Hermes 450 UAV spotted

12 September 2018

The Zambian Air Force (ZAF) is operating at least one Elbit Systems Hermes 450 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), a photograph released on an internet forum has confirmed.

The photograph showed the Hermes 450 inside a hangar and clearly marked with both the Zambian flag and the ZAF roundel. The UAV had a satellite communications antenna that enables it to be controlled beyond the line of sight.

Elbit Systems declined to comment when asked about the Zambian UAV.

There was speculation that Zambia was operating Chinese CH-3 UAVs after a photograph emerged in 2017 showing one being inspected by African air force officers inside a hangar that was reportedly at the ZAF’s Mbala Air Base.

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