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May 25, 2012 7:00 am

Singapore Deploys New Israeli “Eye in the Sky”

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IAI Heron 1 Drone. Photo: wiki commons.

The Singapore Air Force has officially announced its receipt and deployment of the Heron-1 unmanned aerial vehicle, which is manufactured by Israel Aerospace Industries, the Straits Times daily newspaper reported in Singapore on Thursday. The announcement boosts Israel’s already strong international standing as a top-grade UAV manufacturer.

The Straits Times called the drone “Singapore’s new eye in the sky,” and said, “Heron-1 not only makes it easier for soldiers to conduct reconnaissance missions but is also safer for them to spot the enemy.”

The drones will replace others used by the Singapore Air Force since 1994. The previous drones, known as “Searchers,” were also manufactured by Israel Aerospace Industries, but required teams of pilots to launch them and land them.

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