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Breakthrough for Elbit Systems in the Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Field: Successful Maiden Flight for Elbit Systems’ Hermes(R) 900 UAV

December 14, 2009

HAIFA, Israel, December 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ –

– The New Hermes(R) 900 Builds on the Rich Operational Experience of the
Hermes(R) 450, Offering Additional Capabilities Such as Flight Altitude of
Over 30,000 ft, Long Endurance, Large Payload Capacity (up to 300kg), Modular
Design Allowing Fast Payload Replacement and Flight Capabilities in Adverse
Weather Conditions Serial Production of the UAV Will Commence Shortly,
Following Completion of Additional Test Flights

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Elbit Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ: ESLT), announced today that its Hermes(R) 900
UAV completed a successful Maiden Flight and will commence serial production
following the completion of additional flight tests.

The Hermes(R) 900 is based on the successful track record of the
Hermes(R) 450, that has accumulated over 170,000 flight hours and is one of
less than handful of UAVs in the world to cross the 100,000 operational
flight hour’s barrier. The new Hermes(R) 900 offers additional key
capabilities, such as longer endurance, flight altitude of more than 30,000
ft, large payload capacity (up to 300kg), modular design allowing fast
payload replacement and flight capabilities in adverse weather conditions.

Hermes(R) 900 offers an advanced satellite communication channel and is
operated from Elbit Systems’ universal command & control ground station
(UGCS), enabling advanced mission management, automatic taxiing, autonomous
flight and automatic takeoff and landing systems common to all the UAVs and
in the Hermes(R) family.

The Hermes(R) 900 also includes innovative avionics and electronic
systems and a silent engine, as well as systems required for flight in a
combined civil and unmanned aviation area. The new UAV offers additional
cutting edge technologies and applications such as electro-optic systems,
laser designators and electronic intelligence sensors (ELINT, COMINT).

Haim Kellerman, Co-General Manager of Elbit Systems UAS Division, noted
that the Hermes(R) 900 broadens out the Elbit Systems UAS portfolio, offering
customers a variety of mission capabilities, from the mini-UAV system
designed for the soldier level, through battalion-level UAVs, and up to
higher chains of command for both Armies and Air Forces. The operational
experience accumulated by the Hermes(R) systems for the Israeli Defense
Forces and other leading armies worldwide, as well as the ongoing
improvements based on its operational track record, have maintained this UAV
family’s leadership in performance, reliability, variety of mission-oriented
payloads and more. Kellerman further noted that the fact that the Hermes(R)
900 builds on existing applications and similar infrastructure of the
Hermes(R) 450, allows Elbit Systems to transfer the new UAV directly into
serial production. Elbit Systems is enhancing its production abilities in
order to meet the growing demand of this new addition to the Hermes(R) UAV
family.

To download the Hermes(R) 900 Maiden Flight Video copy the following link
to your browser: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/457672/HERMES900%20flight.wmv

About Elbit Systems

Elbit Systems Ltd. is an international defense electronics company
engaged in a wide range of defense-related programs throughout the world. The
Company, which includes Elbit Systems and its subsidiaries, operates in the
areas of aerospace, land and naval systems, command, control, communications,
computers, intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance (“C4ISR”), unmanned
air vehicle (UAV) systems, advanced electro-optics, electro-optic space
systems, EW suites, airborne warning systems, ELINT systems, data links and
military communications systems and radios. The Company also focuses on the
upgrading of existing military platforms and developing new technologies for
defense, homeland security and commercial aviation applications. For
additional information, please visit us at : http://www.elbitsystems.com.

    Contacts:

    Company Contact:
    Joseph Gaspar, Executive VP & CFO
    Dalia Rosen, Head of Corporate Communications
    Elbit Systems Ltd
    Tel: +972-4-8316663
    Fax: +972-4-8316944
    E-mail: j.gaspar@elbitsystems.com
            dalia.rosen@elbitsystems.com

    IR Contact:
    Ehud Helft / Kenny Green
    G.K. Investor Relations
    Tel: +1-646-201-9246
    E-mail: info@gkir.com

SOURCE Elbit Systems Ltd


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