Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has signed a contract with a private Asian country to provide support services for Heron unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).
The value of the UAS service contract is $ 200 million. This is the fourth major UAS transaction announced by IAI this year.
Heron Is a medium-to-advanced long-term durable UAV system primarily designed to perform strategic reconnaissance and surveillance operations.
It is designed and manufactured by IAI in the Marat division of Israel in partnership with the Canadian company MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates (MDA).
The advanced system provides fully automated takeoff and landing even in bad weather.
The Heron family leads the range of the company’s UAVs. Today, various Heron models serve 20 customers worldwide.
Boaz Levy, President and CEO of IAI, said:
“Our customers repeatedly select Heron for a wide range of intelligence missions on a variety of ground and weather settings.”
Heron UAS can be fitted with line-of-sight (LoS) or satellite communications (SATCOM) for “long runner” operational flexibility.
It also has automated remote takeoff, landing, and control capabilities that eliminate the need for control posts near the runway.
In January IAI has agreed to sell and lease two Heron MK II UAV systems To a private country in Central Asia.