Israel has sold 12 advanced unmanned aerial vehicles of the Heron TP and Skylark types to Jordan.
The Jordanian Royal Air Force had requested for the drones to beef up counter terrorism campaign against the Islamic State (IS) and Levant.
The Heron TP drone is an assault vehicle. Its speed is 370 kph at an altitude of 7,400 km and it can stay aloft for 70 hours at a height of 14 km. The Heron is needed for air strikes against Islamist targets deep inside Iraq or Syria and also as an effective weapon for halting enemy forces advancing on Jordan’s borders through the deep crevasses of the eastern Syrian Deir E-Zour region or from Iraq’s Anbar Province to the east.
Skylark will gather intelligence for Jordan’s Special Forces in both arenas. Its cameras beam down a full picture in real time of an active battle field.
“Israeli and Jordanian officials decline to reveal details about the financial scope of the sale, how the new Israeli drones will enter service in Jordan and whether Israel has set up an operations center in the Royal Air Force for deploying them. Operating the Herons and Skylarks requires personnel especially trained in their use,” DebkaFile reported Monday.
Israeli air force fuel tankers were seen escorting Jordanian fighter jets across the Atlantic Ocean earlier this week to participate in military exercises in the western United States.
Israel has also given retired US-supplied Cobra combat helicopters to Jordan for border security in June.
Israel has successfully prevented a cyber-breach after suspicious emails containing "malicious files" reached the defense ministry in the recent weeks. The infected email would allow hackers access to classified information
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The German government has contracted with Rheinmetall to upgrade a further 25 Marder infantry fighting vehicles (IFV) for delivery to the Kingdom of Jordan under a German military assistance programme. Delivery will begin in the first quarter of 2018
India is expected to sign agreements to purchase Spike anti-tank missiles and Heron TP combat drones during Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modis visit to Israel on Tuesday. The Heron-TP armed drones form part of $400 million deal cleared by the Indian defense ministry in 2015
The German has signed an agreement with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) to lease up to five Heron TP (Eitan) drone systems for a total of 600 million euros. The German Chief of Staff, General Volker Wieker, who visited Israel a few weeks ago, preferred the Israeli ‘Heron drone over its American competitor - the ‘Predator and the [Reaper] - both of which were created by the CIA and the Pentagon and which are used by the US to eliminate targets from the air,
Indian Navys Heron unmanned aerial vehicle has crashed off the coast of Kerala Friday after suffering an engine failure. The UAV was on a routine mission when the incident happened, the Navy said
The US Naval Research Lab (NRL) recently tested a drone that can land on water and travel under water. The new drone, named Flimmer is designed to carry sensors into places difficult for regular vehicles
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