The Israeli defence forces are to begin testing long-endurance, high-altitude, unmanned air vehicles for missions, which are now carried out by crewed aircraft. The tests will involve the Israel Aircraft Industries Malat Heron being operated with payloads such as surveillance radars, long-range oblique cameras and electronic-warfare packages. The Heron is designed for very long flights, with the longest so far lasting over 51h with a maximum altitude of 32,000ft (9,800m).

Source: Flight International