Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has unveiled Heron MK II, a Multi Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), at the ongoing Singapore Airshow (February 11-16)
The Heron MK II is an updated model of the Heron UAV, which is used by the Israeli Air Force. Fitted with a Rotax 915 iS engine, the Heron MK II can reach an altitude of 35,000 feet, a maximum speed of 140 knots and can remain in the air for 45 consecutive hours. Due to improved manufacturing technologies, the Heron MK II has a wider and stronger body structure, allowing for quick and easy maintenance without adding to its weight, the company said in a statement.
The Heron MK II enables new configurations, has long-range observation sensors and radars, and can carry a wide range of additional payloads such as: ELINT, COMINT, special and more. The standout feature of the Heron MK II is its ability to perform Standoff Capability, gathering intelligence from tens of kilometers away without crossing borders owing to larger and improved sensors. In addition, the Heron MK II has an improved engine and avionics.