They collect intelligence, mark targets and watch the enemy every day of the year. These are Israel’s unmanned aircraft. Read about some of the country’s most important technologies.
Star Photo credit: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit/ Channel 2 News
Israel’s security largely depends on the IDF soldiers and their important roles. However, in addition to qualified personnel, there is important and advanced technology that protects the country. These are some of the unmanned aircraft that operate 365 days a year to collect intelligence, watch the enemy and assist the soldiers.
Star is a long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) developed by Elbit System and in use by the IDF since Operation Protective Edge in 2014. It is an improved version of the popular Hermes 450 drone, which also operated for many hours during the operation.
The Hermes 450 Photo credit: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit/ Channel 2 News
The Hermes 450 was first used in the 1990s and is the most used aircraft in the Israeli Air Force (IAF). This UAV participates in many reconnaissance missions and accompanies forces during operations.
Heron Photo credit: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit/ Channel 2 News
The Heron (Shoval) is a long-endurance UAV, developed by the Israel Aerospace Industries, and was bought by the IAF in 2005. Shoval is considered a breakthrough as it is much larger than its predecessors and has a wider range of operational capabilities.
Eitan Photo credit: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit/ Channel 2 News
The Eitan is a more advanced version of the Heron and is used for missions requiring maximum endurance and altitude. It collects intelligence, marks specific targets and takes pictures from large distances.
These are just some of the many UAVs used by the IAF and are bought and used by countries across the globe.