IAI unveiled the medium-altitude long endurance (MALE) Super Heron UAV Tuesday, Globes business newspaper reported.
Under secret development for years, the MALE Super Heron UAV has a 55-foot wingspan, maximum payload weight of 992 lbs. and a takeoff weight of 3,200 lbs.
The MALE Super Heron UAV uses a 200-horsepower diesel engine and advanced motor that enables it to fly at more than 173 mph and gives it a faster rate of climb.
"The new UAV's improved engine gives it a somewhat bigger and heftier look than the other Herons," IAI Chief Executive Officer Joseph Weiss said.
"The Super Heron greatly expands the mission capabilities of UAVs," he said. "Its development reflects our continuous investment in UAVs and advanced technologies. We previously identified this sector as a key growth engine for the company."
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