Germany Extends Heron Lease for $41 M

Germany Extends Heron Lease for $41 M – link

Source: UAS Vision

Article Headlines

  • The budget committee of the Bundestag, the German parliament, approved more than EUR 36 million to ensure the continued operation of the System für die Abbildende Aufklärung in der Tiefe des EinsatzGebietes (Image Intelligence Deep in the Deployment Area, SAATEG) in Afghanistan using Heron 1 unmanned aerial systems leased from Israel until the end of May 2021
  • Germany is exercising the option in the leasing contract with Israel to extend use of the Heron 1 until May 2021, after which it will be replaced by leased Heron TPs entering service next year

Overview & Comments

  • In partnership with Airbus, Germany has been successfully operating the Heron 1 for the past decade via a leasing mechanism
  • The previous renewal was in December 2018 where, at the time, the system has accumulated over 46,000 operational flying hours under the German Air Force in Afghanistan and Mali
  • Already training in Israel, German personnel will also be operating the larger Heron TP
  • See “Germany rejects armed UAS” 

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