Germany pays an additional $32.4M to continue using Heron-1 UAV in Mali
BERLIN, (BM) – Last week, the German Parliament Budget Committee approved funding for the leasing of the Heron-1 UAV Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI) used by the German Armed Forces in Mali, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
According to Shephard, about 30 million euros (32.4 million dollars) were allocated for the extension of leasing UAV “Heron-1″ for a period of 1 year. An option is provided for the extension of the agreement during 2021-2022.
Funding for other procurement and development projects related to the operation in Mali, where Germany participates in the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali – MINUSMA, was also approved.
As part of the MINUSMA mission, the Heron-1 UAV is operated only by the German Armed Forces and provides intelligence information to the UN forces deployed in Gao. It is expected that from 2023 the “Heron-1” will be replaced by leased UAVs leased by the IAI for a long duration flight of “Heron-TP”.
According to TsAMTO, the Bundeswehr also uses the Heron-1 system for air reconnaissance in Afghanistan (since 2010). Since November 2016, the German Armed Forces have been using the Heron-1 UAV in Mali, signing a similar service contract with the Airbus DS Airborne Solutions (ADAS) division. Signed agreements are regularly renewed. ADAS, together with the UAV manufacturing company Israel Aircraft Industries, is responsible for the technical and material support, repair and provision of the required readiness for use of the Heron-1 UAV in Afghanistan and Mali.
The maximum take-off weight of the medium-altitude UAV developed by the IAI with a long flight duration of Heron-1 is 1250 kg, the payload is up to 250 kg, its length is 8.5 m, its wingspan is 16.6 m. The UAV can be equipped with the most modern equipment, including EO / IR observation station, marine radar ELM-2022, radio reconnaissance equipment, synthetic aperture radar. The device is capable of automatically taking off and landing and has a speed of up to 207 km / h. The UAV is equipped with a 4-cylinder four-stroke Rotax 914 engine with 100 hp. and can be in the air for up to 45 hours, used from unpaved runways in difficult operating conditions.
According to Shephard Defense Insight, German forces use a total of 8 Heron-1 UAVs.
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