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IAI Super Heron

Israel (2014)
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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.


Detailing the development and operational history of the IAI Super Heron Super-Tactical Unmanned Air System (UAS).  Entry last updated on 11/10/2016. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com

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).






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Relative Maximum Speed Rating
Hi: 200mph
Lo: 100mph
    This entry's maximum listed speed (173mph).

    Graph average of 150 miles-per-hour.
City-to-City Ranges
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Unit Production Comparison
Comm. Market HI*: 44,000 units
Military Market HI**: 36,183 units
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  * Commercial Market High belongs to Cessna 172.

  ** Military Market High belongs to Ilyushin Il-2.


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Origin: Israel
Year: 2014
Type: Super-Tactical Unmanned Air System (UAS)
Manufacturer(s): Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) - Israel
Production: 12
Global Operators:
Israel (probable)
Historical Commitments / Honors:

Military lapel ribbon for Operation Allied Force
Military lapel ribbon for the Arab-Israeli War
Military lapel ribbon for the Battle of Britain
Military lapel ribbon for the Battle of Midway
Military lapel ribbon for the Berlin Airlift
Military lapel ribbon for the Chaco War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cold War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cuban Missile Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for the Falklands War
Military lapel ribbon for the French-Indochina War
Military lapel ribbon for the Golden Age of Flight
Military lapel ribbon for the 1991 Gulf War
Military lapel ribbon for the Indo-Pak Wars
Military lapel ribbon for the Iran-Iraq War
Military lapel ribbon for the Korean War
Military lapel ribbon for the 1982 Lebanon War
Military lapel ribbon for the Malayan Emergency
Military lapel ribbon for the attack on Pearl Harbor
Military lapel ribbon for the Six Day War
Military lapel ribbon for the Soviet-Afghan War
Military lapel ribbon for the Spanish Civil War
Military lapel ribbon for the Suez Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for the Vietnam War
Military lapel ribbon for Warsaw Pact of the Cold War-era
Military lapel ribbon for the WASP (WW2)
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 1
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 2
Military lapel ribbon for the Yom Kippur
* Ribbons not necessarily indicative of actual historical campaign ribbons. Ribbons are clickable to their respective campaigns/operations.
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Structural - Crew, Dimensions, and Weights:
Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the IAI Super Heron model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.

Operational
CREW


Personnel
1


Dimension
LENGTH


Feet
29.53 ft


Meters
9 m


Dimension
WIDTH


Feet
55.77 ft


Meters
17 m


Weight
LOADED


Pounds
3,197 lb


Kilograms
1,450 kg

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

Performance
SPEED


Miles-per-Hour
173 mph


Kilometers-per-Hour
278 kph


Knots
150 kts


Performance
RANGE


Miles
621 mi


Kilometers
1,000 km


Nautical Miles
540 nm


Performance
CEILING


Feet
30,003 ft


Meters
9,145 m


Miles
5.68 mi

Armament - Hardpoints (0):

None. Mission payload to consist of equipment.
Variants: Series Model Variants
• Super Heron - Base Series Designation