AnÂ Elbit SystemsÂ subsidiary and its partners held an unmanned aircraft systems field day at the Hillsboro Regional Airport in North Dakota in efforts to demonstrate the precision agriculture and utility infrastructure damage assessment functions of the Hermes 450 UAS.
Elbit Systems of AmericaÂ worked with local farmers to collect and analyze data to support crop management and boost efficiency and yield as part of aÂ collaborationÂ with theÂ North Dakota State University and the Northern Plains UAS Test Site, the company said Monday.
Raanan Horowitz, Elbit Systems of America president and CEO, said the companyÂ aimsÂ to provide new data collection technology to the farmland and citedÂ the location of the field day as the “Silicon Valley of Drones.”
HermesÂ 450 featuresÂ the Vision Map A3 Edge airborne imaging system and the Compass EO/IR real-time sensor and works to operateÂ for 17 hours toÂ cover 40,000 acres within an hour.
The UAS also hasÂ potentialÂ useÂ for the assessment of power line, railroads as well as oil and gas lines, Elbit Systems said.
The company addedÂ it also works withÂ Xcel Energy and the University of North Dakota to utilize Hermes 450 forÂ infrastructure damage assessment during natural disasters in an effort to mitigate utility down time and support safety and efficiency.