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Farnborough 2022: IAI developing Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carrier-capable Heron UAS

20th July 2022 - 15:54 GMT | by Harry Lye in Farnborough


IAI's Maritime Heron UAS. (Photo: IAI)

IAI is exploring the capability of its Heron UAS to fly from aircraft carriers, making the most of its ability to take off and land on short runways.

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) told Shephard during the Farnborough International Airshow that it is developing a capability for the Heron UAS to take off and land on aircraft carriers such as the UK RN’s Queen Elizabeth-class.

Speaking on 19 July, IAI military aircraft division marketing and sales director Eitan Arad said the company was exploring several opportunities in the UK, including the potential carrier-launched UAS, the recently announced heavy-lift challenge and work with the Home Office.

The RN has the ambition to operate UAS from its carriers as part of the future maritime aviation force, as it sees the utility of uncrewed aircraft

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Harry Lye


Harry Lye

Harry Lye was Senior Naval Reporter at Shephard Media.

Harry joined the company in 2021, …

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