Israel develops drone which can fly over 1,000 km
Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) demonstrated a drone recently which can fly 1,000 kilometres and stay in the air for 20 hours without refuelling, hover at 9,144 metres (30,000 feet) and provide high-definition radar and visual images of targets spanning hundreds of kilometres.
IAI demonstrated near Hadera, some of the drone technologies that are employed to safeguard Israel. The Heron 1 which can also be fitted with missile payloads, plays an important role in Israel’s naval surface warfare strategy and would be sent to identify any suspicious maritime traffic.
Weighing 1,200 kilos, the Heron is the “younger brother” of the Heron Eitan, a 5,000-kilogram, Boeing 737-sized drone, which can fly all the way to Iran and back, and is not on sale to foreign militaries. Heron 1 carries a wide scope of high-tech payloads, including a radar that displayed dozens of naval and aerial vessels between the Turkish and Egyptian coastlines during the demonstration. The Heron can also eavesdrop on enemy radio traffic and comb its surroundings for suspicious communications, which can then be decrypted.