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Unmanned Vehicles

Heron reaches new flight hour milestone

31st December 2015 - 10:00 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Israel Aerospace Industries' (IAI) Heron 1 Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) has marked its 70,000th flight hour in support of operations in Afghanistan, IAI announced on 28 December.

Heron has been deployed by a number of NATO countries in Afghanistan, including Germany, France, Canada and Australia, over the last seven years of operations. 

Heron 1 provides intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance information in real-time to commanders and frontline soldiers. It carries a variety of sensors, which are able to provide information over a wide area for an extended period. 

Shaul Shahar, corporate vice president and general manager, IAI’s Military Aircraft Group, said: ‘The remarkable number of operational flight hours in Afghanistan demonstrates Heron's reliability and unique operational availability in a variety of missions in ground, maritime and aerial arenas.’

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