May 2024 – The German Heron TP has made its first flight in German airspace!

On May 15th 2024 the German Heron TP (GHTP) Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) has completed its first flight in German airspace. With this maiden flight, the GHTP has taken an important step in reaching full operational capability.

Based on the Heron TP of Israel Aerospace Industries and customised by Airbus DS Airborne Solutions (ADAS), GHTP will provide the German Armed Forces with additional capabilities to fill a gap in the field of persistent, weather independent airborne, intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance.

The German Heron TP is the only RPAS in its class that has been certified in compliance with STANAG 4671. Currently the RPAS is flying together with all civilian and military aircraft in controlled airspace over northern Germany.

 

In addition to the provision and modification of the RPAS, the industrial operator model of ADAS also includes the training of Air Force personnel, basic operation, maintenance and repair in theatre, as well as the provision of flight hours. The system is equipped with means to conduct optical and imaging radar reconnaissance, while providing options for additional SIGINT (signals intelligence) as well as maritime surveillance capabilities. The German Heron TP RPAS, enables the German Armed Forces to expand its strategic and tactical capabilities, while ensuring interoperability with NATO partners.

The Heron TP is the strategic version in IAI’s Heron family of RPAS which also includes the Heron 1 – successfully operated by the German Air Force during its deployments in Afghanistan and Mali for several years, supported by ADAS with their operator model.

 

 

Successful landing: The German HERON TP (GHTP) arrives in Germany – April 2024

The transport of the GHTP from Ben Gurion (Israel) to Jagel at the beginning of April was a success. This marks an important milestone in the GHTP programme: The launch of the German Heron TP system in Germany.

 

German Heron TP (GHTP) contract amendment signed – November 2023

The German Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) has signed a contract amendment with Airbus DS Airborne Solutions GmbH, a 100% Airbus subsidiary, to demonstrate operations with the German Heron TP drone in Germany.

With its signature, the BAAINBw has now cleared the way for a six-month flight operation of the GHTP project in Germany, with which the system can be operated in European airspace, starting with flights in German airspace. The contractor Airbus DS Airborne Solutions GmbH (ADAS) is providing the aircraft and support services to the German Armed Forces.

The flight operation with the GHTP for the purposes of national and alliance defence will take place at the Jagel site near Schleswig, where the Tactical Air Force Wing 51 “Immelmann” is also stationed. The Israeli drone system has been type-certified for operation in Germany since the end of last year.

The GHTP is a market-available system with modifications for the operational needs of the Bundeswehr and will take over the capability for reconnaissance, surveillance and support of forces on the ground until the introduction of the Eurodrone.

 

 

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