Navy buys Israeli UAVs, B4bn deal

Navy buys Israeli UAVs, B4bn deal
The Hermes 900 UAV. (Photo: Elbit Systems)
The Hermes nine hundred UAV. (Photo: Elbit Systems)

The Royal Thai Navy has authorized a contract to procure Israeli-made unmanned aerial automobiles (UAVs) for about 4 billion baht.

Vice Adm Pokkrong Monthatphalin, navy blue spokesman, said the particular navy had selected seven Hermes 900 UAVs from Elbit Systems, an international protection electronics firm located in Israel. The firm offered a non-tariff price of US$120 mil or about 4 billion baht.

The agreement was jointly agreed upon by commander-in-chief Adm Somprasong Nilsamai plus Nissim Assaf Cohen, director of Elbit Systems’ Business Growth and Marketing, on the Royal Thai Naval Institute in Bangkok on Wednesday.

The Hermes 900 UAV has a range of high-performance detectors, allowing it to detect ground or maritime targets over a wide spectral range. It can be managed for up to 36 hours and the service roof is 9, 144 metres.

The UAVs are usually equipped with defence technology applicable for potential attack missions. Additionally , the UAVs can help assist victims on sea.

The UAVs will be sent to each navy blue region with a budget of 4 billion baht for 4 years until 2025. The system has been released in more than ten countries including Israel, Chile, Mexico, Columbia, Brazil, Switzerland, North america, the Philippines, Iceland, Greece and Singapore, as well as the United Nations.