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Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has signed two deals, one to sell and one to lease two HERON MKII UAV systems to a Central Asian country. The systems included cover reconnaissance payloads, HERON MK II drones and land arrays.

The HERON MK II can reach an altitude of 35,000 feet with a maximum speed of 140 knots and the ability to stay in the air for up to 45 hours. Thanks to improved production technologies, the HERON MK II has a wider and stronger chassis, enabling quick and easy maintenance without affecting the UAV’s net weight. The system can take advantage of new configurations and has a long-range reconnaissance sensor and radar, while it can carry a range of additional payloads such as COMINT and ELINT equipment. The UAV’s outstanding characteristic is its standoff capability (for applications such as gathering intelligence on targets dozens of miles away) negating the need to cross borders, thanks to its ability to carry larger, improved sensors. In addition, the HERON MK II boasts improved avionics and an improved and reinforced engine.

Jack Richardson