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Heron 262
2009

 
 

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Serial Number. History
A45-253 Avalon Airshow 03/2010.
Currently at Woomera, SA undergoing systems integration testing by Air Force, Army, DSTO, DMO and contractor staff.

Highlight for Album: Heron A45-253

A45-254 Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan flying as part of Operation Slipper.
Last noted in RAAF photos taken 18/11/2010

Highlight for Album: Heron A45-254

A45-262 The first Israeli Aerospace Industries Heron Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) UAV was scheduled to be delivered to the RAAF on 10/12/2009 under Project Nankeen. It will be the first of an unspecified number of Herons operated on a lease arrangement from Canadian firm MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates alongside Canadian Herons in support of Australian and coalition security and reconstruction forces in Afghanistan. (The Jerusalem Post specified 10 aircraft)
Delivered dis-assembled in container to Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan 18/12/2009. Assembled and flying 13/01/2010 as part of Operation Slipper.
Noted in RAAF photos taken 26/01/2010, 24/07/2010 and 14/04/2011.
It would appear that the two current aircraft in Rotation 4 (Roto 4) of Australia’s Heron Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) Detachment at Kandahar, Afghanistan are A45-262 and A45-274
A45-262 is scheduled to return to Australia at the end of deployment in 2015.

Highlight for Album: Heron A45-262

A45-265 Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan flying as part of Operation Slipper.
Noted in RAAF photo taken 20/05/2010.
The Daily Telegraph newspaper reported that on 04/06/2010 "A Heron UAV operated by the RAAF crashed short of the airfield at Kandahar, in southern Afghanistan. Replacing the sensor suite cost $1,094,810.38, while the UAV damage assessment bill from Canadian operator MDA was $110,000. Airframe repair costs are reportedly outside of those verified charges."
A45-265 may have been this aircraft.
Noted in service again in RAAF photo taken 21/10/2011

Highlight for Album: Heron A45-265

A45-274 Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan flying as part of Operation Slipper.
Last noted in RAAF photos taken 14/04/2011
It would appear that the two current aircraft in Rotation 4 (Roto 4) of Australia’s Heron Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) Detachment at Kandahar, Afghanistan are A45-262 and A45-274

Highlight for Album: Heron A45-274

 
     
     

The Author of this page is Martin Edwards (updated by Brendan Cowan)

Due to the fact these aircraft are on operational deployment only information released publicly by the Australian Defence Department will be added to this page.

Sources: Defence Media, RAAF Image Gallery.

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Updated 26 March 2015

 

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