Israeli Aerospace Industries (IAI) is delivering additional Heron TP multi-mission and multi-payload Medium Altitude, Long Endurance (MALE) remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) to the Israeli Air Force (IAF). The Heron TP forms a crucial part of the IAF’s RPA capability and is the largest unmanned reconnaissance aircraft used by the service.
“The Heron TP, a member of IAI’s Heron family we deliver to Israel’s air force, is unique on a global scale and we are proud it is playing a key role in the Israeli Air Force, says Shaul Shahar, EVP of the Military Aircraft Group at IAI, while adding, “The Heron TP allows many different tasks to be performed. This is due to its high performance, with an emphasis on high flight speed, high altitude, and enhanced payload capacity; thus allowing long-range multi-role operation with a wide scope of observation and intelligence capabilities.”
As a result of the fleet expansion the IAF will achieve a 70%-increase in flight hours and the new RPAs will feature many new capabilities.
The Heron TP squadron’s in the IAF are equipped with a broad array of capabilities including electro optic and radar payloads, enhanced flight envelope altitude, speed and range, airborne endurance and larger payload capacity.
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