IAI to provide Heron services to unnamed Asian nation

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has recently signed a US$200m contract with an undisclosed Asian nation, under which the firm will provide services relating to its Heron family of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

The Israeli firm announced the signing of this contract on June 1, adding that the deal marks the fourth major unmanned aerial system-related transaction to take place this year. While the Asian customer involved in this deal was not disclosed, IAI did confirm that the contract concerns its Heron family. 

Heron UAV on the ground [IAI]
Manufactured by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), the Heron UAV family is currently operational with more than 20 customers across the globe. IAI

Boaz Levy, president and CEO of IAI, said: “The deal is a testament to our customers’ strong satisfaction with the Heron UAVs, including their operational and technical performance. Our customers repeatedly choose the Heron for its broad range of intelligence collection missions in different ground and weather settings.”

The Heron family is one of IAI’s leading product lines. At present, variants of this platform are in operational service with more than 20 different customers across the globe. The type can be operated in both maritime and overland environments, while being controlled remotely from vessels at sea or from land bases.

The UAV features IAI’s Long Runner operational flexibility, allowing it to conduct automated take-off and landings without the need for a deployed command post near the runway. It can also be equipped with line-of-sight or satellite communication (SATCOM) systems, enabling it to transmit information to assets operating across the battlespace.