Occupied Palestine…(SaebPress)—Sunday morning, an ‘Israeli’ unmanned aerial vehicle Heron TP, also known as the IAI Eitan, has crashed during a joint operation performed by the ‘Israeli’ military and the developer company of the unmanned aerial vehicle (Heron TP), near the Tel Nof airbase, south of Tel Aviv.
‘Israeli’ occupation army’s radio reported that the Heron TP exploded after the crash. Nobody on the ground has been injured, and an investigation has been launched into the cause of the crash.
The all-weather fully-automatic UAV was designed for strategic reconnaissance, and carries a whole payload of sensors, optical and infrared cameras and is equipped for fire-control, also reportedly having assault capabilities; tested on the Gaza Strip.
Thought to be the biggest UAV in the world, the Heron TP is the largest ‘Israeli’ UAV with a 26-meter-long wingspan. It can fly for up to 45 hours with a cruise speed of 300 kilometres per hour, and is able to cover a distance of 10,000 kilometres.
The Heron TP can carry a payload of 1,000 kilograms. The drone is also capable of launching missiles. The IAI Eitan was passed into service in February 2010
Tel Nof airbase, or Air Force Base 8, is one of Israel’s three principal airbases. It was built by the British as the UK’s main airbase on Palestinian occupied land, and used to be known as Ekron Airbase
In late 2011, both of France and the UAE decided to purchase the Israeli Heron TP.