Elbit Systems has been awarded a framework contract to provide maritime Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) patrol services to the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA).
The contract will be executed in cooperation with CEiiA, an engineering company in Portugal. It specifies a two-year base period and two single year option periods.
The total contract value is €59 million (approximately $93 million).
“Having been selected by the European Union authorities is yet another vote of confidence in the Hermes 900 following additional contract awards for this UAS in Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America and Israel,” Elad Aharonson, General Manager of Elbit Systems ISTAR Division, said.
Under the contract and in cooperation with CEiiA, Elbit Systems will lease and operate the Hermes 900 maritime patrol aircraft, a long-range unmanned maritime surveillance system tailored for littoral and blue water operations, and its ground control station.
The Hermes 900 will feature maritime radar, an Electro Optic payload, satellite communications and an Automatic Identification System (AIS) receiver.
According to Elbit Systems, the UAS will enable persistent monitoring of vast swathes of sea and long coastlines. It will also be able to identify suspicious activities and potential hazards.