Israel will lease unmanned aerial vehicles to Greece, in the first agreement reached between the two countries’ defence ministries.
The Heron UAVs, developed by Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd., will be used primarily for border defence. The three-year lease agreement includes an option to purchase the system after the end of the period.
Israel and Greece have developed their ties recently, especially in joint venture over the natural gas assets in the eastern Mediterranean, where tensions have increased as Turkey also looks to build its presence.
The IAI Heron TP is a multi-role, advanced, long range Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) for strategic missions. It is equipped with automatic taxi-takeoff and landing systems (ATOL), satellite communication (SATCOM) for extended range, fully redundant avionics and more.
The Heron TP was designed as a multi-mission platform to address local and international customers' needs and to perform a variety of strategic missions, including intelligence gathering, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance, using various payloads, with a high level of reliability.