Members of Germany’s Social Democratic Party blocked a deal involving the leasing of IAI’s advanced Heron-2 drones after having learned during a visit to Israel that the models being sent to Germany had offensive capabilities.
By Itay Mashiach
A billion-dollar deal which would have seen Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) leasing Heron-2 drones to the German Air Force was scrapped Wednesday from the German agenda amid objections by coalition parties opposed to their offensive capabilities.
Opposition to the deal was first raised last week after members of parliament paid a visit to the industrial compound in Israel and expressed dismay at the discovery that the drones were already equipped with weapons systems which were almost ready to begin operations from the air. Continue Reading »
Two years ago, India bought its first armed Heron drone, used for both reconnaissance as well as combat & support roles, and can carry air-to-ground missiles to take out hostile targets.
By ANNA AHRONHEIM
According to India’s Economic Times, 10 Heron TP-armed drones bought in September 2015 at a cost of $400 million are ready to be delivered to New Delhi once a final payment is completed.
The Heron TPs are Israel Aerospace Industries’s most advanced UAVs with a 40-hour endurance, maximum takeoff weight of 5,300 kg. and a payload of 1,000 kg., according to the Times. They can be used for both reconnaissance as well as combat and support roles, and can carry air-to-ground missiles to take out hostile targets. Continue Reading »
German plans to lease Israeli-made drones for 10 years has been suspended after American weapons manufacturer challenges decision in court for the ‘Blue & White’.
Germany’s plans to lease Israeli-made drones has been put on hold after a legal challenge submitted by an American weapons manufacturer.
Israel’s Heron TP, or Eitan drone – Photo: AFP
The decision by the German army to lease the Heron TP drones from Israel Aerospace Industries was announced by Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen in January for temporary use until 2025 when development of a joint German, Italian, and French drone is expected to be completed. Continue Reading »
The purchase order of Heron UAVs isn’t their first, but this expedited procurement came from the highest levels of the Indian government.
The Indian government has approved plans to purchase 10 missile-armed drones from Israel, according to India’s Economic Times. The news outlet described the acquisition as “a crucial acquisition that will enhance India’s cross-border military strike capability.”
The $400 million deal to buy Heron TP drones was expedited through the procurement process under orders from the highest levels of government.
US drone attacks are deeply unpopular in Afghanistan and Pakistan but the Pentagon considers them an important weapon in the fight against Islamic militants – Photo: Massoud Hossaini/AFP
The Indian Air Force already operates a fleet of Heron, Harpy and Searcher unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), which are used for taking out enemy radar positions as well as surveillance and intelligence gathering. Continue Reading »