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IAF plans full operational capability for Heron TP from 2010

14th August 2009 - 10:00 GMT | by in Canberra


The Israeli Air Force (IAF) says that it expects to achieve full operational capability with its Israel Aerospace Industries Heron TP or “Eitan’ endurance unmanned air system during 2010 with the type undergoing operational acceptance testing since January.

The service has also moved to clarify technical details on the new aircraft, revealing that its operational ceiling is in fact 41,000ft with this determined by restrictions on the use of its Pratt & Whitney Canada PT-6 turboprop engine above that altitude.

The type has a fully laden endurance of more than 24hrs with when carrying a full payload according to MAJ

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