According to a Calcalist report, the Hermes 900 UAV in the StarLiner configuration – a configuration intended for use in civil airspace – crashed in the south of the country. “Elbit reported the incident to the chief accident investigator at the Ministry of Transportation, and to the Swiss,” the report said.
The UAV performed test flights as part of the production process before being delivered to a customer in Switzerland. The accident occurred on 5.8 and the UAV was significantly damaged. However, Israel Defense sources state that this is a relatively small amount of money that did not require reporting to the stock exchange.
The Ministry of Transportation and Road Safety together with Elbit Systems have begun investigating the circumstances of the incident. The findings of the investigation will be incorporated into the development plan towards the completion of the licensing procedures of the aircraft by the civil aviation authorities. The StarLiner Squadron is grounded until the end of the investigation.
Despite the financial damage to the company, the accident may have accelerated the UAV civilian licensing process due to the insights that will emerge from the investigation.