The Hero-900 is a strategic-level expendable Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) developed and manufactured by UVision of Israel and intended for the heavy-attack / Close-Air Support (CAS) role. The complete aircraft system weighs in at 97 kilograms, is armed a warhead of 20 kilograms, and ranges through Line-of-Sight (LoS) controlling up to 250 kilometers from the operator. The system can remain airborne for up to seven hours from launch and is powered by a gasoline-fueled propulsion scheme. The Hero-900 Like other UASs of the Hero line, the Hero-30 features straight, shoulder-mounted mainplanes with clipped tips, a X-style tailplane arrangement, and seats its twin-bladed propeller at the rear of the tubular, missile-shaped body. Optics and sensors are managed from the nose of the aircraft.
Expendable "loitering munitions" have become the current call-of-the-day regarding the modern battlefield as more and more world powers (great and small) move towards unmanned systems (known generically as "drones"). The relatively low-cost, easy-to-operate, and expendable nature (also termed "suicidal" or "kamikaze") of certain designs means these applications are employed in greater numbers than ever before - changing the modern battlefield considerably.
Other options in the Hero line include the Hero-90 man-portable, tactical-level loitering munition and Hero-120 short-ranged loitering munition.
(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
✓Ground Attack (Bombing, Strafing)
Ability to conduct aerial bombing of ground targets by way of (but not limited to) guns, bombs, missiles, rockets, and the like.
Aircraft inherently designed (or later developed) with an unmanned capability to cover a variety of over-battlefield roles.
214 lb (97 kg)
265 lb (120 kg)
+51 lb (+23 kg)
(Showcased structural values pertain to the base UVision Hero-900 production variant)
1 x Gasoline engine driving a two-bladed propeller in pusher configuration.
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