The air force of the Israel defense forces made a final decision on de-alerting of aircraft Maritime patrol 1124 Sea Scan Shahaf («Seagull»), reports Flight Global.
The planes, manufactured by the Israeli aviation industry, was adopted by the IDF in 1978.
With the departure of the Gulls patrolling the coast of the country will be charged the squadron of UAV Heron-1, is able to stay aloft for up to 20 hours tracking hundreds of targets within a radius of 174 nautical miles.
Recall that recently the IDF force withdrew from service and put up for sale 40 combat aircraft F-16 A/B, which entered service from 1979 to 1980.
«Aerial patrols of coastal waters is essential for countries, a significant part of the state border which runs along the sea. Long flights of manned aircraft, in addition to the obvious discomfort for the crew, also affect the efficiency of search and discovery purposes. One of the possible ways of solving this problem is the use of unmanned aerial vehicles long duration flight», – says a leading Russian expert on unmanned aircraft technology, the chief editor of the specialized website UAV.ru Denis Fedutinov.
«Therefore, such activities are carried out in different countries. Israel introduces Heron UAV as an unmanned Maritime patrol aircraft, USA for these purposes, the offer blah BLAH Guardian, which is a modified version of the Predator B UAV in Europe discusses the use of UAV Patroller, built on the basis of the motor glider Stemme, South Africa – the Maritime version of the UAV Bateleur» – said Fedutinov.
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