IAI signs $200 million Heron UAV contract with country in Asia

The deal marks the company's fourth major transaction related to unmanned aircraft in 2021. The Heron family of drones is utilized for support of ground and maritime missions  

The Heron UAV. Photo: IAI

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) announced Tuesday that it recently signed a $200 million contract to provide services related to IAI’s Heron unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to a country in Asia. It is the fourth major unmanned aerial system transaction that IAI has announced this year.

The Heron family leads IAI's range of UAVs. The various Heron models are used regularly for operational missions by over 20 customers worldwide. Controlled remotely from frigates or the seashore, the Heron supports ground and maritime missions against submarines and coast guards. It transmits information while at sea, including between all the weapon systems participating in a mission. The Heron may be fitted with LOS or SATCOM communication, and features "long runner" operational flexibility with automated remote takeoff, landing, and control with no need for deploying a control post near the runway, according to the company. 

IAI's President and CEO, Boaz Levy, said, "The deal is a testament to our customers’ strong satisfaction with the Heron UAVs, including their operational and technical performance. Our customers repeatedly choose the Heron for its broad range of intelligence collection missions in different ground and weather settings."

IAI’s unmanned aerial system know-how and experience have been accumulated over nearly 50 years, with two million aggregate flight hours and over 50 customers worldwide. This expertise is in addition to IAI’s position as a center for national and global technological know-how in the areas of air defense, radar systems, satellites, remotely piloted vehicles, assault missiles, aviation, and cyber, the company said. 

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