Israeli Air Force resumed flights own largest UAVs Eitan (Heron-TP), suspended at the end of January 2012. As reported by the Ministry of Defence of Israel, the decision on the resumption of flights was taken on September 7 after the Air Force conducted flight tests of the machine. Lately Eitan drones return to flight operations without restrictions.
The reason for the suspension of flights Eitan in January 2012 was the loss of the 1st such device during a test flight. According to the investigation, during which all were tested flight data crashed machine, also design and properties of all Eitan, a prerequisite for marriage became a drone crash in the production wing. Drone did a test flight with an additional load on the wing.
According to the head of a real support for the armed forces of Israel, Brigadier General Rana Davie (Ran Lavi), after the Air Force investigation should produce very little two test flights each Eitan, taken into service before that allow drones to perform daily tasks. These tests will verify the reliability of the design aids.
Eitan developed by Israel Aerospace Industries based UAV Heron. It differs bolshennymi dimensions, namely, Eitan wingspan is 26 meters, and is comparable with the passenger airliner Boeing 737. Payload drone, belonging to the class of high-altitude reconnaissance vehicles with long duration flight is about 2-tons.
Israeli unit may resettled different intelligence equipment, as missiles and bombs for pinpoint strikes on enemy targets.