Israel has certified an unmanned aircraft for civil aviation for the first time

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The Civil Aviation Authority of the State of Israel (CAAI) has certified Elbit Systems’ Hermes Starliner UAS for civil aviation.

This was the first time that the CAAI approved a drone to fly in civilian airspace. International aviation regulations generally prohibit uncertified aircraft from flying in civilian airspace, but the certification issued by the CAAI to the Hermes Starliner UAS changes this. The approval enables the deployment of the drone in rescue, maritime, agricultural, border security and anti-terror operations.

The Hermes Starliner UAS has a wingspan of 17 meters and can fly up to 36 hours at an altitude of 7600 meters. Besides, the drone can carry up to 450 kgs of payload.

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