The Philippine Air Force (PAF) has begun operating the Elbit Systems Hermes 900 medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).
Images of two of the nine Hermes 900 platforms ordered from Israel have been circulating on social media since November 2019, with a video emerging a few days later showing one of the platforms in flight bearing PAF markings.
The procurement of the MALE UAVs is part of the PAF’s ongoing modernisation programme, which also includes the acquisition of three Hermes 450 long-endurance tactical UAVs, two of which were handed over in August 2019.
Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana confirmed the delivery of the Hermes 450s in September 2019.
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