The 50,000 square feet facility would also be the first facility outside Israel to manufacture Hermes 900 Medium Altitude Long Endurance
Heron 1, manufactured by the Israeli manufacturer IAI (Israeli Aerospace Industries), is a medium altitude long endurance
(MALE) unmanned aerial system (UAS) which can stay airborne above the respective operational area for very long periods and can be operated from unpaved runways under harsh environmental conditions.
The demand for Medium Altitude Long Endurance
(MALE) airframes continues to outshine other satcom enabled airframes, and NSR projects more than 8,000 satcom in-service units by 2026, with MALE systems accounting for almost 75 percent of the market.
PPI's Medium Altitude Long Endurance
(MALE) UAS system, designated the "SureCam", will meet an urgent requirement for surveillance operations to support the mission.
The Air Chief also gave his vision of designing a 5th generation fighter aircraft, medium altitude long endurance
UAVs and development of advanced weapons as golden opportunities for the engineers to venture into these domains.
Spain has joined France, Germany and Italy on a programme - started in May 2015 - to develop a European medium altitude long endurance
remotely piloted aircraft system (MALE RPAS).
Vehicle (MUAV), Medium Altitude Long Endurance
(MALE) vehicles, High Altitude Long Endurance (HALE) vehicles and Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) vehicles.
Defense Equipment & Support Director Combat Air, Air Vice- Marshal Simon Bollom, said: "These trials at the end of this technology demonstration program have successfully demonstrated a number of key factors that have helped build confidence in the feasibility of a UK-derived medium altitude long endurance
unmanned aerial system.
Germany's Ministry of Defence is to select a contractor for its medium altitude long endurance
(MALE) unmanned air vehicle in December with the winning manufacturer being awarded an initial $95 million contract.
The AVE represents the first stage of an overall technical and operational demonstration project that would eventually encompass a wide spectrum of target drones, TUAVs (tactical uninhabited air vehicles), Males (medium altitude long endurance
), Hale (high altitude long endurance) and UCAVs (uninhabited combat air vehicles).
The global UAV Battery market was valued at US$ 817.7 million in 2017 and is projected to reach US$ 2,734.0 million by 2026, exhibiting a CAGR of 14.5% over the forecast period, according to Global UAV Battery Market Report, by UAV Type (Medium Altitude Long Endurance
, High Altitude Long Endurance, Tactical UAVs, and Small UAVs), by Battery Type (Fuel Cell, Lithium-Ion, Lithium Polymer, and Nickel Cadmium), by Region (North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and LAMEA) published by Coherent Market Insights.
The first flight campaign to demonstrate satellite control of a European-built MALE-class (Medium Altitude Long Endurance
) drone has been completed successfully.