Switzerland chooses Hermes 900
Switzerland has chosen is the Hermes 900 HFE, manufactured by the Israeli Elbit Systems as a new UAV system to replace its old ADS 95 Rangers. It has been preferred to its competitor "Super Heron" built by Israel Aerospace Industries.
The Hermes 900 HFE has been favoured because it delivered the better overall result in all assessed criteria. In the pre-evaluation, these two UAV systems were the best in meeting the requirements.
The Hermes 900 HFE system is an all-weather unarmed reconnaissance drone system that is more flexible, has longer endurance in the air and a wider operational range than the system currently in use.
The decision to procure the new reconnaissance drone system (ADS 15), which will cost around 250 million francs, will most probably be submitted for approval to Parliament with the 2015 armaments programme.
The new UAVs are unarmed. Currently, combat drones are not an option for the DDPS. The use of the UAV will be explained extensively in the context of the dispatch on procurement, the Armed Forces Development Programme and the Security Policy Report.