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Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1982
Total Production: ?
Also Known As: Ardea, CU-171, Heron 1, Machatz 1 and Shoval
Origin: Israel
Corporations: Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. (IAI)
Parent System: Heron
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1982
Total Production: ?
Family Members: Heron TP and Super Heron
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Description: The Heron is a long endurance, medium-altitude, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) with fully automatic landing and takeoff features. It provides wide-area, real-time intelligence to national agencies, theater commanders and lower echelons operating from deep inside enemy territory. The Heron is able to accommodate up to 250 kg of intelligence payloads with flight endurance of 52 hours.

The Heron UAV and its payload are controlled via a line-of-sight and beyond line-of-sight (using an airborne platform to relay the data) datalinks. If datalink loss, the Heron UAV returns to its home base autonomously. Plans exists to integrate a satellite datalink on the Heron UAV. In addition, the Heron UAV can perform autonomous flight without datalink the aircraft and the control station when required.

The Heron UAV can accommodate Infrared/CCD-TV, Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR), and marine patrol radar payloads in accordance with the mission profile. It was selected by EADS as the basis for the Eagle/EUROMALE Medium Altitude Long Endurance UAV program.

In September 20005, IAI was awarded a $50 million contract for the supply of additional Heron (Machatz 1 Israel Armed Forces designation) unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for the Israel Air Force (IAF). The Machatz 1 aerial vehicles on order can load multiple sensors such as maritime search radar, synthetic aperture radar, COMINT (Communications Intelligence) and ELINT (Electronic Intelligence) systems. An automatic launch and recovery system and all-weather capabilities are the most relevant features of IAF's Machatz 1 aerial vehicles.

Heron Applications

Support Aircraft E-Hunter Harfang Hunter II

Heron Specifications

Crew: 0
Length: 8.50 meter (27.9 foot)
Wingspan: 16.6 meter (54 foot)
Ceiling: 30,000 foot (9,144 meter)
Radius of Operation: 350 kilometer (189 nautical mile)
Max Power at TakeOff: 100 hp (75 kW)
Flight Endurance: 40 hour (1.67 day)
Max Takeoff Weight: 1,250 kilogram (2,756 pound)
Payload: 250 kilogram (551 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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Heron News

There are 17 news between
7 Mar 2007 and 15 May 2017
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Monday, May 15, 2017Israel Air Force to Replace Sea Scan Maritime Patrol Aircraft by Heron 1 Drone
Thursday, July 21, 2016German Armed Forces Order Heron 1 UAVs to Support Mission in Mali
Wednesday, February 11, 2015M-19HD Multi-Sensor Electro-Optical Payload Completes Test-Flights
Wednesday, December 17, 2014Republic of Korea Selects Heron UAV to Support Corps Level Operations
Wednesday, July 9, 2014IAI's M-19HD Payload Successfully Completes its First Test Flight
Thursday, June 13, 2013IAI Was Awarded Contracts to Supply Maritime Patrol Radar Upgrades
Friday, July 13, 2012German Armed Forces Extend SAATEG Interim Solution
Tuesday, March 27, 2012Azerbaijan Ordered SAM and Anti-Ship Missiles, a Green Pine Radar and UAVs from Israel in 2011
Monday, June 6, 2011Heron 1 Achieves Full Operational Capability in ISAF Mission
Friday, September 17, 2010Bundeswehr Places Follow-up Orders for Fuchs Vehicles and Heron UAVs

Operators & Related Equipment

Aircraft purchased in 2011 (5)
Procured through NOCTUA project for deployment in Afghanistan, deliveries began in October 2008
Germany operates leases UAVs from IAI
Ordered by the Russian Army in 2008 for operational evaluation
South Korea?
First batch ordered in December 2014

Grand Total 511
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