Switzerland has received the first of six Elbit Systems Hermes 900 unmanned aircraft system (UAS), the Swiss government announced Monday.
The MALE UAS is based at Emmen Airbase, from which it will perform border surveillance and disaster relief.
Due to a six-month delay in certifying the use of the Hermes 900 HFE (Heavy Fuel Engine) in Swiss airspace, the new UAS is temporarily grounded. Helicopters will perform its role for the time being.
The Swiss government awarded Elbit Systems an approximately $200 million contract for the procurement of six Hermes 900 UAS in November 2015. Deliveries are expected to be completed by 2021.