In Israel began flight tests of UAV Heron TP for the German Air Force

In Israel began flight tests of UAV Heron TP for the German Air Force

In Israel began flight tests of the first medium-altitude long-range drone Heron TP, intended for the German Air Force.


The drone was reportedly modified in accordance with the requirements of the German Ministry of Defense. The work was carried out under the control of the UAV Program Execution Office of the Department of Defense Research and Development of the Israeli Defense Ministry DDR & D (Directorate of Defense Research & Development) by Israel Aerospace Industries and Airbus Defense & Space Airborne Solutions. Modification details are not provided.

The German Air Force lease agreement for Israeli Heron-TP drones was signed in 2018. Drones should come in the reconnaissance version, but with the ability to carry weapons. It is likely that the work carried out on the UAV concerned precisely this.

Under the agreement, Germany leases five Heron TP long-range UAVs for a period of seven years for use in the military missions of the Bundeswehr in Mali and Afghanistan. The price also includes training for UAV operators, technical support and operation services, which will be carried out on the territory of the Israeli military base "Tel-Nof".

The deal is worth just over $ 1 billion, of which Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) will receive 720 million for the rental of drones, and the rest will be received by the Israeli government for the use of Israeli airfields and centers by the German military during training.

The Israeli deal with Germany was agreed upon in 2013, but because of the appeal filed by a competitor of Israelis - the American company General Atomics, the signing was postponed until a court decision that turned out to be favorable to the Israeli company.

AI Eitan (Heron TP) - Israeli multipurpose UAV, developed by IAI based on IAI Heron. The onboard equipment includes tracking systems and target detection in the optical, infrared and radio bands, satellite navigation. It can be equipped with fire control and shock systems.

The wingspan of the vehicle is 26 m. The ceiling is 13,7 km. Flight duration 36 hours. It was reported about the possibility of "hanging" in the air at an altitude of 4,5 km over controlled areas and the prospect of equipping with a refueling system in the air. At a cruising speed of 296 km / h (maximum - 460 km / h), it can theoretically fly 14 km. The maximum takeoff weight is 800 kg. The payload mass can reach 4650 kg.
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  1. iouris 1 August 2020 11: 26 New
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    Ural bomber?
    1. Observer2014 1 August 2020 11: 57 New
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      Quote: iouris
      Ural bomber?

      No, Papuan-chasing (judging by the article) As part of the NATO partnership. Well, or patrolling over the Baltic, I think. For within the borders of Germany itself, what else is he to do there?
  2. Grazdanin 1 August 2020 11: 32 New
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    His design is certainly "ugly", but effective.
    1. Thrifty 1 August 2020 11: 39 New
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      Citizen - this "kind-of-family" is available, in contrast to our "cross-checkers", and this says a lot. ..
      1. Grazdanin 1 August 2020 11: 45 New
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        This suggests that we do not have microelectronics and normal engine building.
        1. Thrifty 1 August 2020 11: 49 New
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          Citizen - in this case, in the first place, the absence of their own microelectronics, especially the military, is the main factor, because with engines there is at least some progress, and "military" processors to buy in batches in China, this is generally bottomless bottom!
        2. AU Ivanov. 1 August 2020 12: 26 New
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          This suggests that highly developed Germany also cannot create a drone, since it orders from Israel.
          1. IS-80_RVGK2 1 August 2020 12: 36 New
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            Quote: AU Ivanov.
            This suggests that highly developed Germany also cannot create a drone, since it orders from Israel.

            This speaks of international cooperation. And the world division of labor. Nobody can do everything. Israel buys aircraft from the United States. And ships with submarines in Germany. But you need to demonstrate rotten petty-bourgeois patriotism, and on the whole you don't give a damn.
            1. AU Ivanov. 1 August 2020 12: 37 New
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              That is, Russia is an exception. Is the international division of labor not about us?
              1. IS-80_RVGK2 1 August 2020 12: 39 New
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                Quote: AU Ivanov.
                That is, Russia is an exception. Is the international division of labor not about us?

                And what about the oil and gas? And other natural resources?
                1. AU Ivanov. 1 August 2020 12: 42 New
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                  If there is a commodity, in particular, hydrocarbons, then they must be traded. While they are in demand. It is not for nothing that the United States wants to become a number one gas station.
                  1. IS-80_RVGK2 1 August 2020 12: 43 New
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                    Quote: AU Ivanov.
                    If there is a commodity, in particular, hydrocarbons, then they must be traded. While they are in demand. It is not for nothing that the United States wants to become a number one gas station.

                    Sure. People can still be traded. While they are still in Russia.
                    1. Grazdanin 1 August 2020 12: 45 New
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                      Quote: IS-80_RVGK2
                      People can still be traded

                      Lagging behind life. Already.
                      1. IS-80_RVGK2 1 August 2020 12: 49 New
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                        Quote: Grazdanin
                        Lagging behind life. Already.

                        Well, it's not that obvious yet. But we are confidently moving towards a new autocratic serf system. Which will be legalized under the "general" approval. Fortunately, the freshly baked zero is not much different from the king.
              2. Grazdanin 1 August 2020 12: 50 New
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                Quote: AU Ivanov.
                That is, Russia is an exception. Is the international division of labor not about us?

                Yes, we are excluded from it. We become exporters of resources and consumers of manufactured goods. Therefore, there are no massively modern weapons in the army, we are no longer able to mass produce them. Only by piece, from foreign components. The Soviet technical reserve is practically exhausted. UAV as an indicator.
              3. Paranoid50 1 August 2020 14: 23 New
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                Quote: AU Ivanov.
                Is the international division of labor not about us?

                Why - it was about us. One recent example is the vindictive Mistrals. Only when the hype with sanctions began, for obvious reasons, many topics were wrapped up. At least in the defense segment, with a "dual-use" trailer. Okay, it's all for the best. Only the townsfolk, who then whined that "everything should be done by ourselves," now whine about the topic: "no one takes us into their sandbox, and in general, everything is stitched."
                Vaughn, from below, a murky "citizen" answered you. However, it throws up - as much dust as a column. fellow laughing
                1. Grazdanin 1 August 2020 15: 58 New
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                  Quote: Paranoid50
                  One recent example is the vindictive Mistrals

                  Everything needs to be done wisely and profitably. Let's take the Turks with their UDC. They bought the Juan Carlos I project from Spain, lacked equipment and started building in their shipyards. As a result, they are already talking about the production of an aircraft carrier and the construction of a UDC to order from other countries. You need to buy technology and production lines, not finished products. As such, I see no problems in cooperation.
                2. andreykolesov123 2 August 2020 13: 02 New
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                  Quote: Paranoid50
                  "Nobody takes us into their sandbox, and in general, everything is seam."

                  Why no one. Iran will gladly take it.
              4. Aag
                Aag 1 August 2020 15: 35 New
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                Quote: AU Ivanov.
                That is, Russia is an exception. Is the international division of labor not about us?

                Under the current conditions, apparently, yes. ((
              5. Hagen 1 August 2020 21: 21 New
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                Quote: AU Ivanov.
                That is, Russia is an exception. Is the international division of labor not about us?

                We must look at the world soberly. The Anglo-Saxon part of it significantly exceeds us in terms of its economic and technological potential and clearly does not seek partnership. But this does not mean at all what to raise with your hands. It's just that we also get things a little slower, but sometimes from unexpected angles, which surprises our sworn "partners". Don't panic.
            2. Vitaly gusin 1 August 2020 13: 14 New
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              Quote: IS-80_RVGK2
              And ships with submarines in Germany.

              Israeli shipyards is one of the largest shipbuilding and repair companies in the eastern Mediterranean. The company's facilities, located in the port of Kishon (part of the Haifa port complex), include a brand new ship lift (syncrolift) capable of lifting up to 3000 tons or 100 meters of LOA ships, and about 1000 meters long berth with 12 meters water depth.
              Israeli shipyards have built 40 Saar-class missile boats. With the new Mini Corvette, the shipyard hopes to expand its offering to meet the growing demands of both the Israeli Navy and international clients abroad.
              Submarines of the Dolphin class, yes, are manufactured in Germany, but all the filling is installed in Israel, in the same way as it was done with the F-15, F-16 and is now happening with the F-35.
              Quote: IS-80_RVGK2
              But you need to demonstrate rotten patriotism,

              AND WITH THIS, I AGREE.
              1. Zeev zeev 2 August 2020 13: 11 New
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                Submarines of the "Dolphin" class, yes, they are manufactured in Germany, but all the filling is installed in Israel,

                The filling is MADE in Israel. And it is installed mostly in Germany. And this is first-hand information.
                1. Vitaly gusin 2 August 2020 13: 51 New
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                  Quote: ZeevZeev
                  And it is installed for the most parts still in Germany

                  I do not mind that for "BIG", but something is already in place, and the answer was that everyone is buying. It is very hard for some to perceive that Israel has the latest military technologies.
                  1. Zeev zeev 2 August 2020 15: 47 New
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                    That is, they believe in Israeli medicine, they are not surprised at Israeli vegetables grown on the sand, and the latest technologies for one of the most belligerent armies in the world do not fit into their heads ... Well, okay ...
                    1. Vitaly gusin 2 August 2020 16: 55 New
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                      Quote: ZeevZeev
                      That is, they believe in Israeli medicine

                      Only when it is secured.
                      Quote: ZeevZeev
                      Israeli sand-grown vegetables are not surprised

                      I want to eat.
                      Quote: ZeevZeev
                      and the latest technology for one of the most belligerent armies in the world does not fit into the head

                      Well, what are you talking about, everything was taken away from us.
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                MMX 2 August 2020 18: 11 New
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                Israeli shipyards built 40 class missile boats Saar

                "Impressive"

                With the new Mini Corvette, the shipyard hopes to expand its offering to meet the growing demands of both the Israeli navy and international customers overseas.


                Is this from a promotional brochure?))

                Dolphin-class submarines, but manufactured in Germany


                Just something))) It's strange that they themselves did not do it with such a "mighty Israeli shipyard". I think the Germans just felt sorry lol

                but all the filling is installed in Israel

                But can you talk about this in more detail? Straight all ??

                as it was done with the F-15, F-16 and is now happening with the F-35


                Likewise with the above question. That is, only "corps" to Israel, and the rest yourself ?? Seriously?
                1. Vitaly gusin 2 August 2020 19: 41 New
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                  Quote: MMX
                  Is this from a promotional brochure?))

                  Since the launch of the OPV 45 at IMDEX in Singapore last year, navies around the world have shown great interest in this new vessel due to its cost-effectiveness and suitability for a wide range of missions.
                  In September 2019, the company announced that it had sold two OPV 45s but did not announce a buyer. The agreement includes ongoing support and training, as well as the creation of a service program as part of Integration Logistic Support (ILS) services, Israel Shipyards reported.
                  Quote: MMX
                  But can you talk about this in more detail? Straight all ??

                  Just like that and told everyone
                  Quote: MMX
                  That is, only "corps" to Israel, and the rest yourself ?? Seriously?

                  I DID NOT WRITE THE CASE
                  all filling is installed in Israel, just like it was done with the F-15, F-16
                  The Israeli Air Force has long tuned F-16s and F-15s to integrate their systems.
                  Many of the IAF's electronics and weapons systems are designed and built in Israel Israel Military Industries, Israel Aerospace Industries, Elbit and others have upgraded their aircraft with modern Israeli systems, improving their performance.
                  Israel will be the first ally to receive the plane, the F-35, it will be the only country allowed to install specialized software and weapons. The software is an application-like "command and control" system used elsewhere in the Israel Air Force. It will also allow for easy integration with existing systems used by the Israeli Air Force, including the existing F-16 and F-15 fighters.
                  In general, read it.
                  https://klnw.ru/selskoe-hozyajjstvo/opytnyi-istrebitel-vvs-izrailya-lavi-seriinye-nomera.html
                  1. MMX
                    MMX 3 August 2020 19: 24 New
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                    Since the launch of the OPV 45 at IMDEX in Singapore last year, navies around the world have shown great interest in this new vessel due to its cost-effectiveness and suitability for a wide range of missions.


                    Wide range of boat missions ... hmm ... winked

                    Just like that and told everyone

                    Well, I thought so. There is zero information, but there is more than enough pathos.

                    Many of the IAF's electronics and weapons systems are designed and built in Israel Israel Military Industries, Israel Aerospace Industries, Elbit and others have upgraded their aircraft with modern Israeli systems, improving their performance.


                    The fact that the Israeli side is making certain (very limited) changes to the F-16 or F-15 does not mean that these aircraft have become better after that.

                    I still don't talk about the fact that
                    but all the filling is installed in Israel
                    , in the same way as it was done with the F-15, F-16 and is now happening with the F-35

                    How shoud I understand this? All (ALL) stuffing? Seriously?
                    1. Vitaly gusin 3 August 2020 21: 19 New
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                      Quote: MMX
                      Wide range of boat missions ... hmm ...

                      Israel does not claim to be the most powerful unclean in the world.
                      Everything that is produced only for the protection of their country, but if there are those who want to buy or rent and this does not affect the security of the country WHY NOT.
                      And if the Germans have taken, they probably understand this.
                      Quote: MMX
                      Well, I thought so. Information - zero

                      If you want to receive comprehensive information, please contact;
                      Israel Shipyards Ltd. (ISL)
                      ALL 10630
                      Haifa Bay 2611702
                      Israel
                      Tel: + 972-4-8460246
                      Fax: + 972-4-8418744
                      E-mail: [email protected]

                      And you can even order something too.
                      Quote: MMX
                      How shoud I understand this? All (ALL) stuffing? Seriously?

                      This is what is in the open press.
                      As far as is known, the F-15I modernization program was approved in January 2016. The work will include an overhaul of the aircraft, the installation of a radar with an active phased array antenna (AFAR - AESA), modernization of avionics, and the integration of additional weapons systems.
                      Baz Meshupar (BAZMASH, Baz-2000) - modernization of the F-15A / B / C / D (Baz), work was carried out at the Air Force aircraft repair plant (YAA-22 - Yehidat ha-Akhzaka ha-Avirit 22 ») With the support of various enterprises of the military industry in 1998-2005. (the first BAZMASH was transferred to the Air Force on November 30.11.98, 28.11.05, the last on November 15, 15). The aircraft received new central computers and computers for controlling weapons (such as on the F-15I, the software for them was written by the Air Force Software Center), a navigation system with GPS, modernization of the pilot's cabins - a new one was installed in both cockpits (in the case of the F-2B / D) aircraft control stick (Stick, such as on the F-142I), replacing some of the analog instruments with one multifunctional display in the front cockpit and two in the rear (including information output from the radar), XNUMX additional weapons suspension points, integration of new weapons, including missiles AGM Popeye.
                      "Barak-2020" - modernization of some F-16C / D ("Barak") avionics systems according to the standard of the F-16I ("Sufa") aircraft. The project began in 2007, serial modernization - in 2011-2015, work was going on at the Hazor and Ramat-David airbases (i.e., as part of the average repair of the aircraft). Among other things, the work included: replacing the onboard computers of the aircraft, new software (written inside the Air Force by the Ofek division, work on the software took 4 years; it allows you to quickly install various new applications on the aircraft, and in this sense, Barak-2020 even surpasses Sufa "); replacement of the "flight debriefing" system - from a cassette (VCR) to a digital one; new pilot's helmets with helmet display / sight; modernization of the flight control system; new coded communication system; replacement of screens in cabins with new color ones; replacement of all electrical wiring (the most time consuming part of the modernization). The modernization will make it possible to operate the Barak until 2030.
                      It is clear that not ALL, the bolts remain original
                      1. MMX
                        MMX 4 August 2020 19: 05 New
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                        And if the Germans have taken, they probably understand this.


                        We talked about the boat.
                        As for drones, the Germans act rationally (which is their nature).

                        If you want to receive comprehensive information, please contact;

                        What for? You said that all the filling is from Israel.
                        I dare say that no, it is not.
                        In addition, all (ALL) boats are built in German shipyards (!). From this I conclude that Israel is not currently capable of building a modern submarine.

                        The modernization will make it possible to operate the Barak until 2030.
                        It is clear that not ALL, the bolts remain original


                        Curious, and whose radars are there? And the engines? This is from the filling I contradicted "on little things" ...
                        And if you read these sources from the open press, yes, the citizens of Israel, then the Americans just passed by there and screwed the bolts lol
            3. lucul 1 August 2020 17: 33 New
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              But you need to demonstrate rotten petty-bourgeois patriotism, and on the whole you don't give a damn.

              And what rotten patriotism creeps in from all the cracks, some commentators, it is enough to go through any mention of Israel, they scribble so emotionally here for the glory of Israel that piles fly off ...
        3. VicktorVR 1 August 2020 12: 35 New
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          No, this suggests that we have no one and nothing to think with.
          Because it was necessary to start 20 years earlier.
          And we had everything for this, incl. even Soviet engineers and scientists, incl. ready to work practically for the idea, and there were no sanctions yet even in the plans, so it was possible to get the internal combustion engine and electronics, and maybe even to launch production under license.
          1. IS-80_RVGK2 1 August 2020 12: 42 New
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            Wait you will be told that then we were under the terrible yoke of unpatriotic liberals and we did not have a sovereign constitution, but now we are like a rip. Although ... no. Sanctions, you have to tighten your belts and be patient inspired by the exploits of your ancestors. And rallying around Vekselmovich's yacht.
        4. A. Privalov 1 August 2020 13: 14 New
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          Quote: Grazdanin
          This suggests that we do not have microelectronics and normal engine building.

          Duc, like "Outpost" (nee IAI Searcher) mastered on domestic components? Or I'm wrong?
          1. Grazdanin 1 August 2020 13: 18 New
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            Quote: A. Privalov
            have mastered the components? Or I'm wrong?

            They wrote in some news, but it is also written on the fence. There were no details.
            1. A. Privalov 1 August 2020 13: 39 New
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              Quote: Grazdanin
              Quote: A. Privalov
              have mastered the components? Or I'm wrong?

              They wrote in some news, but it is also written on the fence. There were no details.

              In August 2019, the Russian Ministry of Defense published a video of the first flight of the upgraded Forpost-R drone with a takeoff weight of 500 kg and a flight duration of up to 18 hours at an altitude of up to 6000 meters. According to the press service of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, it is made from domestic components, with Russian software. The APD-85 engine was used as a power plant. It should go into service with the Russian army in 2020.

              1. Grazdanin 1 August 2020 13: 45 New
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                The APD-85 engine is a combination of a Jabiru cylinder-piston group and a Russian-developed control system.
              2. Aag
                Aag 1 August 2020 15: 43 New
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                Yes, already. The declared characteristics of the Israeli UAV are impressive. I don’t presume to judge how much the Germans need it. But there is an assumption, for a comprehensive study, and, for creating a competitor on the market for such things. Including, even (?) And for the Russian Federation. ( Nord Stream may become the initiator).
            2. askort154 1 August 2020 14: 48 New
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              Grazdanin .....Wrote in some news like this, but it is also written on the fence. There were no details.

              About the news of the military-industrial complex of Russia in the 90s, not only "wrote on the fences", but also opened all the doors to the "holy of holies", forgetting about "subscriptions about non-disclosure." Now we put things in order. They no longer write on the "fences", but in the "news" they send what is needed for "us" and for "them."
              Therefore, "they" began to be so indignant that suddenly, in almost "collapsed" Russia, suddenly there was something that they have to catch up with 15-20 years.
              And the "cartoons" turned out to be real. And the "details" appear only
              at landfills, or in Syria. Shoigu does not hide the fact that more than 300 new military-industrial complex developments have been tested in Syria. But you, apparently, are a fan of reading the inscriptions on the fences, in vain you voice it on the VO website. yes hi
    2. loki565 1 August 2020 11: 39 New
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      His design is certainly "ugly", but effective.

      Looks like a German reconnaissance plane, WWII times. It was also called a frame.
      1. Grazdanin 1 August 2020 11: 44 New
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        German is still ok smile this is a purely aesthetic issue and does not affect efficiency.
        1. dauria 1 August 2020 13: 13 New
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          this is a purely aesthetic issue and does not affect efficiency.


          Affects performance characteristics. But they need a free nose for the "junk" - hence such a layout. The Germans are good at making both gliders and engines of this type. We just decided to rent it, take a look and draw conclusions. Better than blindly poking around. And this is what a German motor glider looks like. Indeed a masterpiece of long flights, but such an arrangement is not suitable for a UAV.
  3. silberwolf88 1 August 2020 11: 35 New
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    military aviation on lease ... and it's a good business ...
    Germans Karl! ... they buy from the Jews))) ... and are they themselves already FSE?
    1. Observer2014 1 August 2020 11: 51 New
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      Quote: silberwolf88
      military aviation on lease ... and it's a good business ...
      Germans Karl! ... they buy from the Jews))) ... and are they themselves already FSE?

      And you don’t understand the Germans. Better let them
      buy from Jews
      as you put it. No need to tease the economic German monster. Otherwise, God forbid, this monster will also turn into a military one. And we will have to drive him into the stall again. hi
  4. Thrifty 1 August 2020 11: 37 New
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    And ask the Israelis a question - why do they make shock drones, they will die of laughter. And we are not moving further than prototypes of such drummers, we only promise ourselves that soon. .. "I'm sorry for the state" !!!
  5. 501Legion 1 August 2020 11: 38 New
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    the Germans are so bad that they rent ONE drone. ?
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      Not able to read the news?
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    Nord Stream 2 is to be nailed from the air. The bird is just right. By the way, from August 3, Gazprom may start laying the pipeline. Denmark has removed the cracking restrictions. There is no dangerous ammunition at the bottom. Confirmed by the Danes themselves. In front of God and song. drinks
  7. mvg
    mvg 1 August 2020 12: 08 New
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    Seven UAVs for 720 million, and even without weapons. Moreover, in leasing. Plus the lease of airfields got in ... Well done. wink
    When we were with America and Irail in yat-yat, we had to buy a license for the engines and buy out Ciryx at the beginning of 2000. As the Chinese did. Only for this it is necessary to deprive 3/4 of academicians and doctors of supplements to pensions, and to close half of the research institutes. Rightly said in "Moscow does not believe in tears" ...
    1. Grazdanin 1 August 2020 12: 26 New
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      The market is empty, so they are breaking the price. In fact, there is only the United States and Israel. Moreover, the full range of UAVs is made only in the United States. There are no analogues to the entire Predator A, B, C line in more than one country.
      China, taking advantage of the fact that the United States and Israel do not sell UAVs to everyone, have orders, but only because of this, they are technically at least a cut worse.
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        mvg 1 August 2020 14: 47 New
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        There are no analogues to the entire Predator A, B, C line in more than one country

        The Jews have a different approach, turboprop UAVs. And the US has an emphasis on stealth, with turbojets. What Israel does not have, what does the United States have? They have more choice, an order of magnitude. There are analogues in terms of height, payload mass, and flight range / duration. Washes no speed like that .. And the choice of ammunition is sufficient.
        Israel is the leader in sales. I think China will catch up very soon. At least at the cost of crushing. Single-engine airplane, propeller, for 100 million, plus the Control Center. And satellite rental. Wow. Like the F-35.
        1. Grazdanin 1 August 2020 14: 59 New
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          Quote: mvg
          What Israel does not have, what does the United States have?

          Predator C, RQ-170, RQ-4 Global Hawk - this is what is in service, without prototypes.
  8. sazonov-1951 1 August 2020 12: 31 New
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    The TTD of the Israeli drone is quite impressive and I must admit that Russian-made unmanned aerial vehicles look very pale against its background. We still do not have UAVs that can hover for more than a day, and the advertised Hunter strike drone is completely inferior in terms of range (4- 6 thousand kilometers) and by continuous stay in the air, that is, a little more than 12 hours with a take-off weight of twenty tons. One more factor must be admitted. The Americans have the "Reaper" UAV, which is more expensive than the F-15 aircraft at cost, and of course F-16, but according to the TTD it is close to ours. So how much will our strike UAV "Okhotnik" cost?
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      Quote: sazonov-1951
      So how much will our "Hunter" strike UAV cost?

      At least one third more expensive than the Su-57.
      Quote: sazonov-1951
      The Americans have the "Reaper" UAV, which is more expensive than the F-15 and of course the F-16

      The reaper is 5-6 times cheaper than the F-15EX
      Quote: sazonov-1951
      the drone "Okhotnik" loses at all in terms of range

      Hunter and Heron are completely different classes of UAVs. Heron TP can be compared to the Outpost. True, there is one but))
  9. A. Privalov 1 August 2020 12: 37 New
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    In Germany, it is noted that this will be the first ever case of finding a permanent base of the Bundeswehr in Israel.


    Heron TP UAVs are intended for the Bundeswehr missions in Mali and Afghanistan, and will be used for seven years, before the completion of the development of a joint European strike UAV.

    The deal with Germany was agreed upon back in 2013.
    Rival company General Atomics contested the contract several times in court, losing in all instances.
    In May 2017, the highest regional court in Düsseldorf dismissed General Atomics' claim against the deal. This court became the last instance in the lawsuit initially filed with the Antimonopoly Office. Following a court ruling, the deal was submitted for final approval to the Bundestag.
    However, in June 2017, the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD), a member of the ruling coalition, announced its intention to block the deal. The head of the SPD faction in the Bundestag, Thomas Opperman, emphasized then that his party was not against the acquisition of UAVs abroad, but opposed the leasing of Israeli drones, which could be used not only for reconnaissance, but also for launching missile strikes against targets in Afghanistan and Mali, where within the framework of international contingents, the German military serves.
    However, in April 2018, the Bundestag resumed consideration of this deal, and a few months later approved it.



    Germany is a "poor" country, so it leases.
    "Rich" countries such as India or Azerbaijan buy dozens.
  10. Wolf 1 August 2020 12: 52 New
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    Who is the owner of Germany? Rothschildy (Blush to sew)? So they behaved like masters, pointing out the creation of Germany in the 19th century from the side of the Rothschilds.
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    5-9 1 August 2020 13: 08 New
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    Yes, the price tag for the leasing of anti-aircraft UAVs ... Looks like a form of reparation for Nazism ...
  12. Charik 1 August 2020 13: 38 New
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    Some kind of allegory or whatever it is right to call it: Jews make weapons for the Germans
  13. tralflot1832 1 August 2020 14: 45 New
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    And through whose satellite it will be controlled. Who can theoretically see where the German UAV is flying.
  14. Oleg Olkha 1 August 2020 16: 49 New
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    German requirements for equipping weapons:
    Missile with warhead <10 kg (fear of side effect)
    Impact range> 50 km.
    All weather and day / night.
    Advanced opto-electronics and "intelligence"
    Retargeting capability after launch
    Destroying moving targets
    Adjustable impact or replaceable warhead
    "Man in the loop" decisions to strike (afraid of Skynet)
    Interruption of the strike (withdrawal of the missile from the target at the last moment when uninvolved)
    Israel provided them with such a solution, but at its request the Germans did not disclose the type. On the forums, incl. German, a couple of assumptions about "something" loitering, with a small warhead 5-8 kg, 100 km. range, but the "devil from the snuffbox" is also possible, completely unknown.
  15. Sasha Minakov 1 August 2020 17: 52 New
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    Lord, there are so many old red whiners on the site :-). Give them everything at once :-) How do you ask how and who defended the USSR. They are silent. Hypocrites.
  16. Professor 1 August 2020 18: 19 New
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    The creation of this version of the UAV is a joint work of IAI, the UAV Directorate ("Minhelet ha-MALATIM") as part of the R&D Directorate of the Israel Defense Forces and Defense Ministry (MAFAT), and Airbus DS Airborne Solutions (a division of the Airbus Group). In June 2018 I already wrote about the Heron TP agreement for Germany. Let me remind you that its cost is about 900 million euros: 720 million will be paid to the ADS of IAI for the lease of 7 UAVs (5 combat and 2 training) until 2027 (with the possibility of extension) and 177 million to the State of Israel for the use of Israeli airfields, control facilities and control, as well as support and maintenance. Let me also remind you that it was for this project that the "Red Baron" squadron was created at the Tel-Nof Air Force base.

    https://oleggranovsky.livejournal.com/452623.html
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