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21 May 2014

ILA 2014: Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) Reveals its SUPER HERON - Heavy Fuel UAS

At Singapore Airshow 2014, Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) unveiled its new SUPER HERON heavy fuel UAS.

The Super HERON is the new and latest MALE UAS made by IAI/Malat. The Super HERON was added as a link between the HERON and the HERON TP UAV systems. The main features of the Super HERON are the following: A new advance propulsion system specifically developed for the Super Heron with a 200Hp heavy fuel (diesel) engine and fuel injection compared to the 100Hp gasoline engine of the HERON UAV. Fuselage and wings changes include: Provision for large and heavy payloads; provision for a large SATCOM antenna; and 5% lower drag for flight efficiency. A subsystems upgrade was also performed: Advanced avionics, triple redundancy and advanced computerised systems; advanced communication system including SATCOM for BLOS communication; multiple hard points for various payloads (fuel tanks, SIGINT, radar and more); as well as improved performance, increased maximum speed and rate of climb. The payload weight is up to 450kg. (Photos: Mönch / DPM)

Developed by IAI to meet growing interest among leading customers, the SUPER HERON features a heavy fuel 200 horsepower engine and an advanced propulsion system, which significantly enhances the UAS's capacity, rate of climb, and performance. SUPER HERON's air speed exceeds 150KTAS (knots true airspeed) .

SUPER HERON's advanced avionics, triple redundancy and advanced computerised 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 and reconnaissance missions, maritime patrol and other missions. Multi-sensor capabilities, state-of-the-art communications and proven airspace integration are among its leading features.

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