Germany buys 5 IAI Heron TP UAVs and equips them with 140 ammo

BERLIN, ($1=0.93 Euros) — In June 2016, the German Ministry of Defense announced that it wanted to purchase the medium-altitude unmanned aerial vehicle Heron TP, manufactured by the Israeli-based IAI, and allocated a budget of 580 million euros in this context. In 2018, it was decided that UAVs, planned to be purchased, would be used only for unarmed reconnaissance missions.

Germany buys 5 IAI Heron TP UAVs and equips them with 140 ammo
Photo credit: The Times of Israel

However, with the renewed agreement of April 6, 2022, Germany will be able to use “the Herons” as an armed, learned, citing DefenceTurk. With the agreement, which took 6 years to resolve and sign, 5 Heron TP drones and 140 ammunition will be purchased.

The permission is extended

According to Bloomberg, after the draft resolution was examined by the Budget Committee, which is making the final decision, it was clearly stated that armed UAVs can only be used in combat areas if approved by the German Bundestag.

In the German Bundestag statement, armed unmanned aerial vehicles may be used within the limits set by the German Bundestag following international and constitutional provisions.

UAVs can be used against approved targets defined as “legitimate military targets” under international humanitarian law, a branch of law that focuses on monitoring human rights in military conflicts. statements were included.

IAI Heron TP

The Heron TP is a medium-altitude, long-range unmanned aerial vehicle [MALE] developed by the Israeli-based IAI for Strategic Missions. In this context, the system has an autonomous take-off and landing system [ATOL], a satellite communication system [SATCOM], and an advanced avionics system. The Heron UAV, which has more than one user in Israel, can carry 1 ton of payload.

Germany buys 5 IAI Heron TP UAVs and equips them with 140 ammo
Photo credit: Airbus

Gathering intelligence, intelligence, and targeting are Heron’s job descriptions that can carry many types of payloads. The Pratt & Whitney PT6A-67A turboprop engine, which produces a maximum power of 1,200 horsepower, occupies an important place in the maximum sailing range of Heron of 1,000 kilometers and a maximum altitude of 45,000 feet. The 14-meter UAV has a fully composite hull and above-ground wing profile design.


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