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Israel unveils new Super Heron UAV at Singapore Airshow

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The Super Heron UAV on display during the Singapore Airshow. A Brahmand photo

SINGAPORE (BNS): The Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has unveiled a larger, more advanced version of its widely selling Heron unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) at the ongoing Singapore Airshow.

The new Super Heron UAV, featuring a heavy fuel engine, advanced propulsion system and avionics along with new communication system, was showcased during a special ceremony held at the IAI chalet on the inaugural day of the Singapore Airshow on Tuesday.

"We are proud to introduce the new generation of IAI's leading UAS (unmanned aerial system). Based on IAI's world-renowned Heron UAS, the Super Heron introduces the latest technology and re-defines Medium-Altitude Long-Endurance (MALE) UAS," said Joseph Weiss, IAI's president and CEO.

IAI said it has developed the Super Heron to meet growing interest among leading customers.

The UAV, which underwent its first test flight in October 2013, features a heavy fuel 200 horsepower engine and an advanced propulsion system, which significantly enhances its capacity, rate of climb, and performance. Its air speed exceeds 150 knots, the company said. The Heron UAV has a top speed limit of 113 knots.

Super Heron's advanced avionics, triple redundancy and advanced computerized systems enhance its growth potential. Enhanced processing capabilities, increased electrical power, and standard interface architecture, allow for the simple integration of new payloads.

The system consists of multiple proven operational configurations for intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition & reconnaissance missions, maritime patrol and other missions. Multi-sensor capabilities, state-of-the-art communications and proven airspace integration are among its leading features, IAI said.

The new UAV has a wingspan of 17-metre and a flight ceiling of 30,000 feet. It can remain air-borne for up to 45 hours.

The company's Heron multi-mission UAV is operational with the Israel Air Force and with another 20 users worldwide, including with the Indian Navy and Indian Air Force.

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