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IAI Super Heron

Super-Tactical Unmanned Air System (UAS)

IAI Super Heron

Super-Tactical Unmanned Air System (UAS)

OVERVIEW
SPECIFICATIONS
ARMAMENT
VARIANTS
HISTORY
MEDIA
OVERVIEW



Unveiled at the 2014 Singapore Air Show was the new IAI Super Heron, a dramatically revised version of the original Heron UAV.
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ORIGIN: Israel
YEAR: 2014
MANUFACTURER(S): Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) - Israel
PRODUCTION: 12
OPERATORS: Israel (probable)
SPECIFICATIONS



Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the IAI Super Heron model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.
CREW: 1
LENGTH: 29.53 feet (9 meters)
WIDTH: 55.77 feet (17 meters)
WEIGHT (MTOW): 3,197 pounds (1,450 kilograms)
ENGINE: 1 x Diesel Jet diesel-fueled engine of 200 horsepower OR 1 x Gasoline-fueled engine driving two-bladed propeller in pusher configuration.
SPEED (MAX): 173 miles-per-hour (278 kilometers-per-hour; 150 knots)
RANGE: 621 miles (1,000 kilometers; 540 nautical miles)
CEILING: 30,003 feet (9,145 meters; 5.68 miles)




ARMAMENT



None. Mission payload to consist of equipment.
VARIANTS



Series Model Variants
• Super Heron - Base Series Designation


HISTORY



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.




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Our Data Modules allow for quick visual reference when comparing a single entry against contemporary designs. Areas covered include general ratings, speed assessments, and relative ranges based on distances between major cities.

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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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Graph showcases the IAI Super Heron's operational range (on internal fuel) when compared to distances between major cities.
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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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Supported Roles
A2A
Interception
UAV
Ground Attack
CAS
Training
ASW
Anti-Ship
AEW
MEDEVAC
EW
Maritime/Navy
SAR
Aerial Tanker
Utility/Transport
VIP
Passenger
Business
Recon
SPECOPS
X-Plane/Development
A2A=Air-to-Air; UAV=Unmanned; CAS=Close Support; ASW=Anti-Submarine; AEW=Airborne Early Warning; MEDEVAC=Medical Evac; EW=Electronic Warfare; SAR=Search-Rescue