Unnamed Asian nation to receive Heron Mk.II drones

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) announced on January 25 that it has signed two deals to supply its Heron Mk.II medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aircraft system (UAS) to an undisclosed country in central Asia.

The company revealed that the two deals include both the sale of an undisclosed number of Heron Mk.II systems, as well as the lease of two examples to the unnamed Asian nation. It adds that the complete deal is valued at “tens of millions of dollars” and that it also includes reconnaissance payloads and ground control stations/land arrays.

Heron Mk.II [IAI]
IAI's Heron Mk.II UAS has been designed to conduct intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance (ISTAR) role in overland and maritime operations. IAI

Moshe Levy, executive vice president and general manager of IAI’s Military Aircraft Group, said: “I commend the signing of the two Heron Mk.II deals. The systems will operate in a land configuration and will carry out different missions, border protection among them. The Heron Mk.II [UAS’] can land on any airstrip and can manoeuvre under extreme weather conditions. I am certain that these deals will open the door to additional Heron Mk.II deals.”

According to IAI, the Heron Mk.II UAS has a service ceiling of 35,000ft; a maximum speed of 140kts and can stay airborne for up to 45 hours. The firm adds that it can be configured for a number of mission sets, features a long-range reconnaissance sensor and radar, and can be equipped for communications intelligence (COMINT) and electronic intelligence (ELINT) operations. When compared to its predecessors, the platform boasts enhanced avionics and improved powerplant.