Australian Heron

Canadian MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates (MDA) contractors conduct pre-flight checks on an Australian-operated Heron Remotely Piloted Vehicle (RPV), at Kandahar Airfield (KAF) in Afghanistan.

Canadian MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates (MDA) contractors conduct pre-flight checks on an Australian-operated Heron Remotely Piloted Vehicle (RPV), at Kandahar Airfield (KAF) in Afghanistan.

The Heron is built by Israel Aerospace Industries.

An Australian-operated Heron Remotely Piloted Vehicle (RPV), conducts final checks prior to take off from Kandahar Airfield (KAF) in Afghanistan.

An Australian-operated Heron Remotely Piloted Vehicle (RPV), conducts final checks prior to take off from Kandahar Airfield (KAF) in Afghanistan.

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An Australian-operated Heron Remotely Piloted Vehicle (RPV), taxis to the runway at Kandahar Airfield (KAF) to conduct a mission over Afghanistan.

An Australian-operated Heron Remotely Piloted Vehicle (RPV), taxis to the runway at Kandahar Airfield (KAF) to conduct a mission over Afghanistan.

An Australian-operated Remotely Piloted Vehicle (RPV), conducts final checks prior to take off from Kandahar Airfield (KAF) in Afghanistan.

An Australian-operated Remotely Piloted Vehicle (RPV), conducts final checks prior to take off from Kandahar Airfield (KAF) in Afghanistan.

An Australian-operated Heron Remotely Piloted Vehicle (RPV) takes off for daily operations from Kandahar Airfield (KAF), in support of Operation Slipper in Afghanistan.

An Australian-operated Heron Remotely Piloted Vehicle (RPV) takes off for daily operations from Kandahar Airfield (KAF), in support of Operation Slipper in Afghanistan.

Comments

  1. Well, that’s cute and all…..

    But that C-130 in the background of the third picture looks more impressive. Pretty sure that’s a Spooky.

  2. I can’t find a Canuck Squadron that operates an AC model. They seem to be all E and H models with some J’s on the way.

    1. Whoops. Didn’t check the top tic until after posting. The American C-130 does appear to have a tube hanging out the side of it.

  3. Yeah, it’s kind of tricky. In the second and fourth pics, it’s all Canuck. But pic three is a US 130 gunship of some sorts.

    And in pic two, I think those are Canadian Chinooks and even a fricken Huey ! WAAAY too Vietnamish….

  4. Anybody see any hard-points on the heron’s wings? I can’t spot any.

    I think it’s strictly an RPV only capable of providing medium altitude reconnaissance, surveillance and mission support.

    Don’t sound like a “killer” to me.

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