IAI's Heron-1 UAS Reaches 70K Operational Flight Hours in Afghanistan

After less than 7 years of operation in Afghanistan, used by several Western NATO members, including Germany, France Canada and Australia, IAI's Heron-1 marked its 70,000th flight hour

 
IAI's Heron-1 UAS Reaches 70K Operational Flight Hours in Afghanistan

Israel Aerospace Industries' Heron-1 Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) recently marked its 70,000th flight hour in Afghanistan, after less than 7 years of operation in the country. This follows Heron's completion of 25,000 flight hours last month under German Air Force operations in Afghanistan.

After successful use in Afghanistan by several Western NATO members, including Germany, France Canada and Australia, this milestone demonstrates Heron's compatibility with challenging conditions in various areas around the world.

Heron-1 is a Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) UAS that provides crucial intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance information in real-time to commanders and frontline soldiers. It has significant capabilities, such as carrying a wide variety of sensors, which are able to provide real-time information over a wide area for an extended period.

In an announcement from the Australian Ministry of Defense, Senator David Johnston, the Australian Minister of Defense said:  “The Heron is a proven capability – providing 'eyes in the sky' for our troops in the Middle East. The retention of the system following their withdrawal from Afghanistan will ensure that Australia remains at the forefront of this advancing technology."

Shaul Shahar, Corporate Vice President and General Manager of IAI’s Military Aircraft Group, said: "The remarkable number of operational flight hours in Afghanistan demonstrates Heron's reliability and unique operational availability in a variety of missions in ground, maritime and aerial arenas."

IAI's UAS have reached over 1.35 million flight hours used by more than 50 global customers. The Heron family alone has accumulated more than 250,000 operational flight hours worldwide.

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