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Israel Aircraft Industries to Demonstrate HERON/EAGLE UAV at Asian Aerospace 2004

Feb 24, 2004

Event will be the first flight of a strategic UAV at Asian Exhibition

Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI)'s Malat Division will demonstrate the Heron/Eagle Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) at the Asian Aerospace 2004 exhibition, taking place in Singapore, February 24-29, 2004.

The aerial demonstration of the Heron/Eagle UAV will mark the first time a strategic UAV will participate as an integral part of the air show at the exhibition. The Heron/Eagle UAV will carry an electro-optical payload system and maritime patrol radar.

IAI is demonstrating the Heron/Eagle at Asian Aerospace 2004 in cooperation with the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS). The UAV system being shown is based on a fusion of technologies and mature systems developed by both companies. It combines the extensive UAV design, manufacturing and integration experience of IAI's Malat Division with EADS proven capability in electronic intelligence systems.

Heron/Eagle is a Medium-Altitude Long-Endurance (MALE) type UAV that can operate at a distance of more than 1,000 km and at altitudes above 25,000 feet for more than 24 hours. With this type of performance, the Heron/Eagle can provide-deep-penetration, wide area and real time intelligence to all operational echelons. The Heron/Eagle system features automatic take-off and landing, integrated mission planning and leading edge sensor technology. The Heron/Eagle can simultaneously carry a wide range of payloads.


Max Range 3,300 km
Endurance more than 30 hours
Max Altitude 32,000 ft (10.000 km)

Technical Data

Max Take-off Weight 1,150 kg
Max Payload Weight 250 kg
Wing Span 16.60 m
Overall Length 8.94 m
Power plant Rotax 914 115 hp
Speed 84-112 ktas

Additional characteristics

* The Heron/Eagle UAV is able to carry 5 different payloads at the same mission. For example: EO/IR, Radar (Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) or Maritime Patrol Radar (MPR)), ESM, COMINT, radio relay and more.

· Ability to carry out surveillance, reconnaissance, target acquisition, artillery adjustment and other intelligence missions.

· Provides long endurance flight enabling long-term missions of more than 24 hours at a medium altitude of 25,000 feet and higher.

· Automated air vehicle flight modes allow the operators to focus exclusively on the mission. These modes include an automatic, pre-flight, Built-In Test (BIT) system that functions continuously during flight, a computer-aided mission preparation system, an Automatic Takeoff and Landing system (ATOL).

· The system is designed for integration with civil or military Air Traffic Control (ATC).

For further information, please contact:

Doron Suslik
Deputy Corp. VP for Communications
Tel: 972 (3) 935-8509
Fax: 972 (3) 935-8512
Email: hpaz@iai.co.il

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