Is­rael de­vel­ops drone which can fly over 1,000 km

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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.

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