This week, the Israeli Air Force introduced a new unmanned aerial vehicle manufactured by a subsidiary of Elbit called The Star. The aircraft can spend 30 hours in the air and reach a maximum speed of 137 miles per hour.

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Meet the new rising “Star” of the Israeli Air Force: The Hermes 900 aircraft, an unmanned aerial vehicle nicknamed “The Star,” has now become operational after it underwent a series of practice drills and test flights.

The Star is an improved version of the Hermes 450 aircraft and is manufactured by Silver Arrow, a subsidiary of Elbit. It is 30 feet long with a wingspan of 52 feet and can reach a maximum speed of 137 miles per hour. The Star can stay in the air for up to 30 hours.

Can stay in the air up to 30 hours

Can stay in the air up to 30 hours Photo Credit: IDF Spokesperson/ Channel 2 News

The IDF emphasized that the main objective was to double the strength and capabilities of the UAV in as many aspects as possible: Size, carriage capacity, air time and flight range. With its technologically advanced sensors and improved capabilities, The Star can be used for reconnaissance and control, force protection, enemy tracking and more. 

In order to become fully operational, the Star had to undergo a series of test flights and combat strategy adaptation. The process began at the beginning of Operation Protective Edge in 2014 and within a few days was able to perform its first mission on July 15, 2014.