Israel Aerospace Industries’ (IAI) Malat Division spearheads the design and manufacture of UAS. Malat offers a family of systems that varies in size, mission and sensors, mainly for defence-oriented customers.
Malat’s family of UAS varies in size, endurance mission profile and on-board sensors, covering the full spectrum of operational requirements by providing micro and mini systems, as well as tactical close and short range, VTOL and MALE systems.
Malat systems are in operational service with 50 users, are deployed on five continents and have accumulated over 1,100,000 flight hours.
All of this vast operational expertise is incorporated in the continuously modified, upgraded and enhanced systems MALAT offers to its potential customers worldwide.
Products include the HERON family (HERON, Super HERON, HERON TP); the BIRD EYE family (BIRD EYE 400 and 650); MOSQUITO; the PANTHER family (PANTHER and Mini PANTHER); GHOST; NRUAV (Navy Rotary Unmanned Air Vehicle); ETOP (Electric Tethered Observation Platform); SEARCHER MK III; and the HUNTER UAS.
The new version retains the gross takeoff weight (5.4 ton) and strategic capabilities of the TP – operational ceiling of 45,000 ft, mission endurance of 30 hours, but halves the payload capability of the TP, limiting the maximum payload capacity to 450 kg. – the same as the payload of Heron I.
is unveiling the new -XP at the Aero 2017 airshow in Bengaluru.
The introduction of this strategic platform iscomes after a long delay in export approval of Heron TP to since New Delhi has not approved the regime.
The introduction of Heron TP-XP will enableto expand its UAV offering to more customers. Following the approval by India last June, and the completion of the first flights of – India’s indigenous MALE UAV – in November last year, the Indian market is more recipient to competitors, which the new version is positioned to meet.
Compared to other Heron family platforms, Heron TP-XP offers a more efficient multi-mission and multi-payload platform that is more suitable for strategic missions.
It is designed to operate at very long range, using an integral satellite link and is and is capable of operating in extreme weather conditions.
One of the main advantages of Heron TP-XP is its ability to cruise above the commercial traffic, at altitudes of up to 45,000 ft. This.
As the TP version, Heron TP-XP uses triple redundant avionics, automatic take-off and landing and meets NATO and other accepted world standards and complies with STANAG 4671. These capabilities make Heron TP / TP-XP uniquely capable to ‘coexist’ in crowded, commercial airspace.
The main difference between Heron TP and TP-XP is the TP’s large internal cargo bay carrying up to one tonne of payload, which is the reason its export is limited as it exceeds the limitations imposed by the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR). To clear volume for these large payloads, the TP’s satellite terminal is placed in a dome above the fuselage. Heron TP-XP has a more slender design, with satellite antennae integrated inside the 14-meter long fuselage and a smaller internal payload bay. However, the large fuselage and huge wings (26 m’ span) provide more than adequate space for the installation of multiple payloads that may comprise electro-optical, radar and electronic surveillance missions. Since maximum fuel can be carried with full payload Heron TP-XP can perform all missions with maximum payloads at the maximum endurance.