UVision unveils loitering munition system
UVision unveiled the Hero-400EC, its latest loitering munition system, on 17 May at the Ground Warfare and Logistics Conference in Israel.
According to Noam Levitt, CEO of UVision, the new system was designed to meet the challenge of providing a ‘long-range platform that could remain in the air for extended periods of time’ and ‘provide a substantial warhead effective against a wide variety of targets’.
The Hero-400EC uses man-in-the loop technology and advanced EO/IR payloads that can locate, track and strike static or moving targets in urban or remote locations.
The system’s electric motor is designed to loiter silently above a target, prepared to respond to pop-up threats.
The system also features a low noise and thermal signature modular multi-tube launcher that is adaptable to a wide range of platforms, offering air, land and sea capabilities.
An abort capability provides automatic re-entry into the loitering mode, re-engagement of the enemy or return to the recovery area using a parachute.
With a maximum take-off weight of 40kg and a war head of 10kg, the system has an endurance time of up to two hours.
Levitt also commented that the ‘system is currently in an advanced stage of development, with customer demonstrations planned for later this year’.
The loitering munition system is the seventh addition to the Hero family of UAV, which enables high-speed transit flight and low-speed loitering, applicable to a variety of tasks at differing ranges.