With a length of 14 metres, a wingspan of 26 metres, and a maximum takeoff weight of 5,670 kg, the Heron TP is the largest unmanned aerial system operating with the Israeli Air Force.  The aircraft has a distinctive twin-tail boom which provides control surface redundancy, and extra surface area to facilitate mounting numerous antennae across both booms.  This configuration reduces signal interference and allows for multiple simultaneous uses, while leaving the fuselage and wings clear for mission payloads.

The multi-mission Heron TP / Artemis has the capacity for 2,700 kg of internal and external stowage for payloads; it also has 12 hardpoints spread across the centre fuselage and nacelles.  These hardpoints can be fitted with a standard BRU rack, which can accommodate numerous payloads, and special kits like the Survival Kit, Air Droppable (SKAD) pod.

All data will be transmitted to the GCS and/or other authorized secure users in near real-time via dual-redundant SATCOM, Iridium or LOS links to be quickly turned into actionable intelligence for war fighters in the air, at sea or on land.

Long endurance, high capabilities  

The Artemis UAS has an endurance of over 30 hours in mission configuration and over 35 hours in ferry configuration. It can use its satellite datalink command and control capability to land and relaunch from remote operating strips without the requirement for on-site specialized equipment or personnel support. It can operate at altitudes up to 45,000 ft at speeds up to 220 ktas. The system comes with a state-of-the-art ground control station where operators can perform all mission functions. This includes programming the flight path of the UAV and controlling the various sensor operations. It is mission-centric instead of just flying the aircraft. View the technical specs of the Artemis UAS in the brochure below.