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Israel Aerospace Industries

Heron

--- Quote ---The HERON is a Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) UAS for strategic and tactical missions
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Super Heron

--- Quote ---The Super Heron is the new and latest Medium Altitude Long Endurance Unmanned Aircraft System (MALE UAS) made by IAI/Malat. The Super Heron was added as a link between the Heron and the Heron TP UAV systems.
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Heron TP

--- Quote ---Heron TP is an advanced, multi-purpose MALE UAS with an extended performance envelope and a variety of payloads capability.

The Heron TP was designed as a multi-purpose, multi-system platform to address local and international customers' needs and to perform a variety of strategic missions with a high level of reliability.
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Ayoshi:


--- Quote ---Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. (IAI) (TASE: ARSP.B1) today unveiled its new medium altitude long endurance (MALE) Super Heron UAV at the 2014 Singapore Airshow. The Super Heron has a 17-meter wingspan and a maximum payload weight of 450 kilograms and takeoff weight of 1,450 kilograms. It was developed in secret over years. IAI CEO Joseph Weiss told "Globes" that the company already has potential customers lined up worldwide.
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source: (globes.co.il)

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The IAI Super Heron (screen capture: YouTube)

--- Quote ---The new medium-altitude, long-endurance surveillance aircraft was presented at the biennial Singapore Airshow under the tagline “The best just got better.
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source: (timesofisrael.co)

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Germany begins Heron 1 UAV operations in Mali | IHS Jane's 360 - 09 November 2016

--- Quote ---The Bundeswehr announced the flight lasted close to six hours and had shown excellent results, but added that there was still a lot of work to be done before the Heron squadron is fully established in Mali.

The UAV capability is being provided by Airbus DS Airborne Solutions (ADAS), a subsidiary of Airbus Defence and Space, which signed a contract with the German Defence Procurement Agency in July to provide three such UAVs as well as maintenance and overhaul services as part of the Bundeswehr's contribution to the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA).

The contract covers operations until February 2018, at which point it will be extended or the aircraft withdrawn.
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Germany's Heron 1 unit in Mali carried out its first operational flight on 1 November. Source: Bundeswehr

Ayoshi:
Australia retires Heron 1 UAVs | IHS Jane's 360 - 08 August 2017

--- Quote ---The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) announced on 9 August that the medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) UAV flew its final mission on 23 June, and that 5 Flight is to be officially disbanded at the end of the year.

The Australian Department of Defence (DoD) originally leased four Herons from Canadian firm MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates Ltd (MDA) for operations in Afghanistan, under the auspices of Operation 'Slipper' (three airframes served in-country, with the fourth being retained in Australia for training).
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Australia has retired the four Heron 1 UAVs that it originally leased for operations in Afghanistan. Crew skills are to be maintained with US Air Force placements while a replacement is sought under the AIR 7003 requirement. Source: Commonwealth of Australia

Ayoshi:
Greece to lease Heron UAVs from Israel | Janes - 07 February 2018

--- Quote ---Greece will lease seven Heron medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for three years to enhance its intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities in the Aegean Sea, Greek media have reported.
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Ayoshi:
Germany will continue to use Heron 1 UAV in Mali and Afghanistan | Army Recognition - 14 December 2018 18:06

--- Quote ---Germany has extended the successful operation of the Heron 1 drones by Airbus DS Airborne Solutions GmbH, a company of Airbus, until mid of 2020. These contracts have been signed with the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support on December 12th, 2018.

This renewed contract marks the continuation of one of the most successful cooperation’s between the Bundeswehr and Airbus Defence and Space. The contract comprises the provision of all assets and manpower to support the Israeli Heron 1 systems operations in the two countries of deployment. Heron 1, manufactured by the Israeli manufacturer IAI (Israeli Aerospace Industries), is a medium altitude long endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial system (UAS) which can stay airborne above the respective operational area for very long periods and can be operated from unpaved runways under harsh environmental conditions.
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Heron 1 Israeli-made medium-altitude long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle. (Picture source Airbus)

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