Greco-Israeli “lease to buy” agreement for several UAVs IAI HERON

Israel’s Defense Ministry has signed an agreement with the Hellenic Ministry of National Defense to lease several IAI Heron UAVs to Greece for border defense. The agreement, signed digitally by Defense Ministry Director General, Maj. Gen. (Res.) Udi Adam and General Director for Defence Investments and Armament – Lieutenant General (Ret.) Theodoros Lagios (HAF) in light of the coronavirus pandemic, is the first between the two ministries.


As part of the agreement, the Heron system in its maritime configuration will be leased to Greece for three years with the option to purchase the system at the end of the leasing period.
According to Greek media, the two drones will be used to bolster the country’s intelligence gathering abilities and will act as a deterrent to Turkey which has deployed drones to the Evros region and Aegean sea which borders the two countries.

Limited only by fuel availability, the system can carry out missions over 1,000 kms from its operating base. According to IAI, the system’s operational configuration consists of a maritime patrol radar with multi-mode functions as well as an electro-optical sensor with both day and night capabilities and an optional electronic intelligence (ELINT) package.

Equipped with satellite communications, the Heron offers extended operational endurance in a wide range of scenarios including maritime patrol, marine and land border protection, search and rescue, disaster management and more. CONTINUE READING HERE