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IAI Super Heron

Israel (2014)

Detailing the development and operational history of the IAI Super Heron Super-Tactical Unmanned Air System (UAS).

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Unveiled at the 2014 Singapore Air Show was the new IAI Super Heron, a dramatically revised version of the original Heron UAV.

At Singapore Air Show 2014, Israel Aerospace Industries revealed an all-new Unmanned Air System (UAS) addition to their existing and globally popular "Heron" remote reconnaissance aircraft line as the "Super Heron". The original Heron first flew in 1994 and fell into the classification of Medium-Altitude, Long-Endurance, was conventionally powered through a two-bladed pusher engine configuration and has seen acceptance into the services of Israel, India, Germany, Brazil and Turkey among others. The Super Heron is a dimensionally larger craft and has been dubbed a "Super Tactical" UAV system. Its primary mission is reconnaissance and data collection, relaying information to ground commanders.

With its larger size, the Super Heron can compete with equally large UAVs on the global market, capable of carrying bigger internal mission payloads. It is outfitted with the new M-19HD series electro-optical turret in a chin installation. The fuselage takes on a Global Hawk-esque appearance with its bulbous nose and rear-mounted engine. A Fiat-inspired "heavy fuel" engine of 200 horsepower by Italian concern Diesel Jet is offered as well as a "light fuel", lower-power alternative utilizing gasoline. The engine drives a propeller blade assembly at rear in the usual pusher configuration. Wings measure a span of 56 feet and the aircraft showcases a Maximum Take-Off weight (MTOW) of approximately 3,200lbs. Wings also feature efficiency-minded winglets, a growing trend in the aircraft business - both military and civilian in nature. The rear-mounted engine is straddled by the twin-boom tail configuration. The aircraft utilizes a wholly retractable wheeled undercarriage with two main legs and a nose leg.

All told, the Super Heron is capable of a maximum speed of 173 miles per hour at service ceilings reaching up to 30,000 feet and a mission endurance window of 45 hours. Its payload capabilities are modular by design, allowing different mission kits to be added as required by the operator. Standard offerings include high-resolution video, SIGnals INTelligence (SIGINT) over-land and over-water radar systems. The Super Heron is fielded with a Ground Control Station (GCS) operated by crew through more secure communications channels.

Any available statistics for the IAI Super Heron Super-Tactical Unmanned Air System (UAS) are showcased in the areas immediately below. Categories include basic specifications covering country-of-origin, operational status, manufacture(s) and total quantitative production. Other qualities showcased are related to structural values (namely dimensions), installed power and standard day performance figures, installed or proposed armament and mission equipment (if any), global users (from A-to-Z) and series model variants (if any).
IAI Super Heron Specifications
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Israel
Year: 2014
Type: Super-Tactical Unmanned Air System (UAS)
Manufacturer(s): Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) - Israel
Production: 12
Supported Mission Types
Air-to-Air
Interception
Unmanned
Ground Attack
Close-Air Support
Training
Anti-Submarine
Anti-Ship
Airborne Early Warning
MEDEVAC
Electronic Warfare
Maritime/Navy
Aerial Tanker
Utility/Transport
Passenger Industry
VIP Travel
Business Travel
Search/Rescue
Recon/Scouting
Special Forces
X-Plane/Development
Structural
Crew: 1
Width: 55.77 ft (17.00 m)
MTOW: 3,197 lb (1,450 kg)


Installed Power
1 x Diesel Jet diesel-fueled engine of 200 horsepower OR 1 x Gasoline-fueled engine driving two-bladed propeller in pusher configuration.

Standard Day Performance
Maximum Speed: 173 mph (278 kph; 150 kts)
Maximum Range: 621 mi (1,000 km; 540 nm)
Service Ceiling: 30,003 ft (9,145 m; 5.68 mi)


Armament
None. Mission payload to consist of equipment.

Operators List
Israel (probable)

Series Model Variants
• Super Heron - Base Series Designation