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Heavy Drones set to Roam the European Skies

Two leading manufacturers of remotely piloted aircraft systems are nearing the goal of certifying unmanned aerial systems (UAV) for operation in the same airspace with manned aircraft, thus removing a major barrier to entry for drones that restricted the operation of large drones over the populated areas in Europe, Canada, and the USA. Elbit Systems of Israel and General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. are the two forerunners in this field, followed by IAI and Northrop Grumman.

German Court Clears Israel’s Drone Sale to the Bundeswehr

German court dismisses General Atomics suit over Heron drone order
A German court dismissed a legal challenge from U.S. weapons maker General Atomics to Germany's plans to lease armed drones from Israel Aerospace Industries, clearing the way for the drone program to go ahead, Reuters reported. Judge Heinz-Peter Dicks said the ruling was effective immediately and meant that Germany can now procure drones as it had planned.

IAI Introduces an Export Version of Heron TP

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is introducing an export version of the Heron TP, the largest member of the Heron family of remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS). The new version retains strategic capabilities of the TP - operational ceiling of 45,000 ft, mission endurance of 30 hours, but halves the payload capability of the TP, limiting the maximum payload capacity to 450 kg. - the same as the payload of Heron I.

Germany Defers MALE UAS Acquisition, Leasing Heron TP from Israel

The German armed forces have shelved a plan to buy a new Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) in favor of $650 million lease plan for such vehicles, which will commence operations from Israel beginning in 2018.

New Delhi Nods +$400 Million Israeli Mega Drone Procurement

The Indian government recently approved a plan to procure ten new missile-armed drones from Israel. The proposed sale of the Heron TP to India had been on the table since 2012, but, only after the election of the new Modi government, did it receive the necessary political backing.

Spain Allocates €171 Million to Buy Four ‘Megadrones’

Spain has decided to buy four Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) drones for its air force. According to the Ministry of Defense announcement made on thursday in Madrid, the Government allocated €25 million ($27 million) in the 2016 budget to fund the acquisition of the first system. Both US madse MQ-9 and Israeli Heron TP are considered.

Israel Air Force opts for drones over attack helicopters

Israel has phased out the AH-1S Cobra helicopter gunship, in favour of using more drones, the Reuters news agency reports. The increasing reliance on unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) has evolved through the years, as the unmanned aircraft assumed increasingly complex missions, and proved themselves as an indispensable asset in the continuous war against terror along and beyond Israel's borders.

European Aerospace Industries Call For a European MALE Program

Paris, Le Bourget: European aerospace industries and defense establishments are promoting pan-European collaboration in launching a collaborative development of Medium Altitude, Long Endurance (MALE)...

France Opts for U.S. Reapers

France has decided to buy two MQ-9 Reaper medium-altitude long endurance (MALE) drones from the USA, to extend the strategic reconnaissance capability of the...

Heron, Reaper and Hermes 900 Compete for Canada’s Arctic mission

The Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) Heron unmanned air system (UAS), General Atomics Reaper and Elbit Systems' Hermes 900 are among three platforms eyed for a Canadian tender to supply an advanced system for operation in the Arctic.

Heron, Reaper and Hermes 900 Compete for Canada’s Arctic mission

The Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) Heron unmanned air system (UAS), General Atomics Reaper and Elbit Systems' Hermes 900 are among three platforms eyed for a Canadian tender to supply an advanced system for operation in the Arctic.

Eitan – Back in the Air – Again

The Eitan (Heron TP) returned to the sky yesterday after completing a test flight validating the aircraft safety, following eight months investigation that followed a crash of one of the aircraft, due to a wing failure that occurred on a test flight, January 2012.

Poland Plans to Phase Out its Su-22M in Favor of Armed...

Poland is looking to replace its aging strike force, currently flying Su-22 with armed unmanned aerial vehicles. According to Waldemar Skrzypczak Poland’s Deputy Minister of Defense for military procurement, a future procurement of some 30 armed drone equipping three squadrons is being considered.

Israeli Heron TP Crashes on a Test Flight

The Israel Air Force has lost an Eitan (Heron TP) drone while performing a test flight with new payloads. Apparently, the drone's wing broke after takeoff, as the aircraft was testing new capabilities.