Israel is acquiring the naval version of Heron 1 (Shoval) Unmanned Air Vehicle system (UAS), equipped with a maritime radar and electro-optical payload to replace its manned Sea Scan maritime patrol aircraft.
The Israel Aerospace Industries' (IAI) naval version of the Heron 1 (Shoval) unmanned air vehicle systems will be displayed at IMDEX ASIA 2017 in Singapore.
The IAF ordered additional Heron 1 UAV Systems equipped with a maritime radar and electro-optical payload that will make them more suitable for their growing role in carrying out maritime patrol and intelligence gathering missions on everyday bases, the company announced today.
The maritime model of Heron 1 consist an advanced electro-optical payload - the MOSP, made by the TAMAM division of IAI and the lightweight airborne maritime surveillance radar made by ELTA.
The maritime Herons will provide comprehensive protection of naval borders and strategic infrastructures to meet the operational needs.
Shaul Shahar, IAI EVP and General Manager of the Military Aircraft Group said, "The Heron 1 is capable of perform long-range, long-endurance maritime patrol missions.