IAI Unveils New Tactical UAV

The T-heron can reach a maximum altitude of 24,000 feet and a top speed of 120 knots, and is capable of carrying several payloads simultaneously of up to 180 kg

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In the upcoming Paris Air Show, Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) will unveil the new tactical Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) of the Heron Family: the T-Heron. Designed for tactical missions on the battlefield, the T-Heron is expected to be used by ground forces and coast guards, as well as by other protection forces. With a versatile design and suitable for a variety of payloads, it features the most advanced IAI technologies.

The T-heron features one of the highest levels of flight safety and reliability and is resistant to extreme weather conditions. With its advanced, certified and proven Rotax engine, the T-heron can reach a maximum altitude of 24,000 feet and a top speed of 120 knots. The new UAV is capable of carrying several payloads simultaneously of up to 180 kg, and is equipped with IAI’s best sensors. The T-Heron complies with global standards, including STANAG 4671 requirements.

The T-Heron joins IAI’s Heron UAS Family, which boasts rich know-how and extensive experience of over 40 years, over 1,700,000 combat flight hours and over 50 operational customers, which use IAI UAS in a range of missions, environmental conditions and warfare theatres across the globe.

“We are proud to introduce the most recent UAS developed by IAI,” said Moshe Levy, IAI EVP and General Manager of the Military Aircraft Division. “Our T-Heron tactical UAS rounds up the range of operational UAS solutions IAI offers to all forces on the battlefield: marine, air, ground, and intelligence. IAI preserves its leadership position in UAS’s with a continuous stream of solutions for the challenges posed by the field.”