IAI Unveils Larger, More Powerful UAV at Singapore Airshow

2014-02-12

IAI Unveils Larger, More Powerful UAV at Singapore Airshow

A heavy fuel version of Israel Aerospace Industry’s big-selling Heron UAV literally had the wraps taken off on the opening day of the Singapore Airshow Feb. 11.

Joseph Weiss, the president and CEO of the state-owned Israeli company, ordered a huge blue shroud to be removed from the Super Heron Heavy Fuel machine parked on the apron outside the companys chalet in a ceremony here today to formally reveal the UAV.

With the shroud gone, the latest member of the Heron family was revealed as having slightly bigger dimensions than before and some minor redesign around the rear fuselage.

Visually, the main difference was the incorporation of upturned wingtips. But its under the engine covers where the main innovation can be found over earlier Heron versions.

IAI engineers have installed a 200-horsepower heavy fuel (diesel) engine instead of the 115 horsepower aviation fuel engine used by other Heron 1 variants.

Diesel fuel offers several benefits, including greater safety in transport and commonality with other engines used on todays battlefield.

Weiss said the new generation medium-altitude high-endurance UAV will be faster and offer significant capability enhancements and improved rates of climb compared with previous Herons.

Air speed will exceed 150 knots compared with the present Heron figure of 115 knots; maximum takeoff weight has increased 200 kilograms to 1,450 kilograms. Payload weight is 450 kilograms, said the company in a statement.

The UAV made its first flight last October. The machine is already being offered in export markets and Shepard Media reported that the Super Heron HF is competing with Elbit to supply the Swiss military with a heavy fuel-powered machine. A selection is expected later this year.


Region:  Asia-Pacific
Contry:  Israel / Singapore
Category:  UAV
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Israel IAI Malat UAV
Name:  Heron 1/Machatz 1   Region:  Middle East    Country:  Israel    Category:  UAV    Company:  IAI Malat   
Heron 1/Machatz 1

Use(s): MALE UAV - surveillance, reconnaissance, target acquisition, artillery adjustment and/or missions based on customer-furnished payloads Manufacturer: IAI Malat Powerplant: 100hp four-cycle, four-cylinder Dimensions: length: 8.5m, wingspan: 16.6m Weight: MTOW: 1,250kg, max payload: 250kg Performance: speed: 120kt, endurance: 40-50hr, ceiling: 30,000ft, range: 300km (LoS) Payload: multi-sensor mission capability, customer-furnished, EL/M 2022 maritime patrol radar, SAR, IAI EO TV/IR and laser, ESM and COMINT payloads Data Link: direct LoS and/or UAV airborne data relay, satcom for BLoS, dual real-time command uplink, single real-time data and video downlink Guidance/Tracking: real-time payload and UAV control, GPS-based interruptible airborne mission controller, full autonomous flight, autonomous return on data link loss or end of mission program; advanced universal UAV mission ground control centre and remote video terminals Launch: automatic, wheeled take-off Recovery: automatic, wheeled landing Status: in service

Israel IAI Malat UAV
Name:  Heron TP   Region:  Middle East    Country:  Israel    Category:  UAV    Company:  IAI Malat   
Heron TP

Use(s): all-weather MALE multi-mission/multi-payload UAV system - surveillance, reconnaissance, target acquisition and/or missions based on customer-furnished payloads Manufacturer: IAI Malat Powerplant: 1,200hp turboprop Dimensions: length: 14m, wingspan: 26m Weight: MTOW: 4,650kg, max payload: 1,000kg Performance: endurance: 36hr, ceiling: 45,000ft Payload: customer-furnished payloads, E17M 2022 maritime patrol radar, SAR, IAI EO TV/IR and laser, ESM and COMINT payloads Data Link: LoS and satcom Guidance/ Tracking: real-time payload and UAV controls, GPS-based interruptible airborne mission controller, full autonomous flight, autonomous return on data link loss or end of mission programme. Launch and Recovery: wheeled automatic take-off and landing Structure Material: composite GCS: advanced universal UAV mission ground control centre and remote data terminals Status: in service



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