09/07/2020

Germany renews service contract with Airbus for Heron UAV in Mali

Germany renews service contract with Airbus for Heron UAV in Mali – link

Source: Defence Web

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  • Germany’s Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) has signed a renewed service contract agreement with Airbus Defence and Space for Heron I UAV services in operation in Afghanistan and Mali
  • Airbus on 9 July said in Mali, Heron I services have been extended for the period August 2020 to July 2021 (with an option for August 2021 to July 2022)
  • The system’s first flight in Mali dates back to 1 November 2016 after the first service contract was signed in July 2016. They type has logged more than 11,500 flight hours in over 1,200 operational flights in Mali
  • In Afghanistan, Heron I services have been extended to cover June 2020 to May 2021. In Afghanistan, the Heron has logged more than 46,000 flight hours in over 4,100 operational flights
  • In March this year, the German Air Force passed the milestone of 10 years of Heron I operations in Afghanistan, with a first operational flight dating back to 17 March 2010
  • “This operator model impressively demonstrated its performance capabilities during operations in Afghanistan and Mali, as emphasized by proven high system readiness of 99%. The deployments of the Heron system in Afghanistan and Mali also help develop expertise within the Bundeswehr with a view to future medium-altitude, long endurance remotely piloted aerial systems,” Airbus said

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