Israel Aerospace Industries will formally unveil the latest version of its Heron unmanned air vehicle at the Singapore air show on 11 February. Named the Super Heron HF, this differs from earlier examples of the medium-altitude, long-endurance type through the integration of a heavy-fuel engine.
The engine enhancement, which has required the company to slightly redesign the aircraft’s rear fuselage, has been made to meet demand from operators to reduce their reliance on using traditional aviation gasoline to power UAVs. The new version is also equipped with winglets to boost performance.
First flight trials of an aircraft in the new configuration were performed in Israel late last year. flightglobal