Israel Aerospace Industries unveils medium-endurance UAV that runs on jet fuel, not gasoline

Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) designers at Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) in Lod, Israel, have revealed the company's Super Heron heavy-fuel UAV with advanced avionics, triple redundancy, and advanced computerized systems for growth potential. The medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) Super Heron features a heavy-fuel 200 horsepower engine and an advanced propulsion system, which enhances the UAV's capacity, rate of climb, and performance. Super Heron can fly faster than 150 knots true airspeed (KTAS), IAI officials say. Heavy fuels like jet fuel, diesel fuel, and kerosene, do not pose the same threat of igniting accidentally that gasoline does, and are considered safer to use than gasoline for military operations. IAI introduced the Super Heron UAV in February at the Singapore Air Show. The IAI Super Heron UAV offers enhanced processing capabilities, increased electrical power, and a standard interface architecture to enable simple integration of new sensor and weapon payloads, IAI officials say. The aircraft is based on the IAI Heron UAV.

FOR MORE INFORMATION visit IAI online at www.iai.co.il.


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