Heron Mark-2 drones The Government of India had inducted Heron Mark-2 drones in IAF for the purpose of surveillance along the borders with both China and Pakistan. These 4 drones equipped with long-range missiles and other weapons systems, have been deployed at a forward air base in the northern sector, where it is used for intelligence gathering, border patrol, and counter-insurgency operations.
Heron Mark-2 drones in IAF
All about Heron Mark-2
|PLANE NAME||Heron Mark-2|
|UAV Model||Heron MK II|
|Type||Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) UAV|
|Engine||Rotax 916 iS|
|Maximum Altitude||35,000 feet|
|Maximum Speed||150 knots|
|Endurance (Flight Time)||45 consecutive hours|
|Body Structure||Wider, stronger for easy maintenance|
|Payloads||Various payloads like Sensors, Radars, etc.|
|Special Configurations||ELINT, COMINT, ESM, Communication Relay, etc.|
|Standoff Capability||Gather intelligence from distance, no crossing borders|
What is the range of the Heron Mark-2 drone?
The range of Heron Mark-2 is 250 km (160 mi) line-of-sight and 1,000 km (620 mi)
What is the cost of an IAI Heron drone?
India is going to pay $400 million for the drone.