IAI’s Heron will Continue to Operate in Australia

IAI's Heron will Continue to Operate in AustraliaIsrael Aerospace Industries’ (IAI) Heron unmanned aerial system (UAS) will return to Australia from Afghanistan, as part of a plan to ensure that Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) pilots maintain the necessary skills to operate unmanned aerial systems until the introduction of their future UAS- Triton.

In 2009, the Australian Department of Defense (DOD) awarded a contract to MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (MDA), a Canadian company, to supply Heron systems to Australia for operations by the RAAF in support of troops deployed in Afghanistan, for intelligence, reconnaissance, and surveillance (ISR) missions, as part of Project NANKEEN. The project is due to continue in Australia for several additional years.

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