Azerbaijan has based IAI Heron medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) at a new airbase that has been constructed west of the capital, Baku. Digital Globe satellite imagery shows two Herons present on 16 September.
Earlier imagery indicates that Azeri forces began operating the Herons at the base sometime between March and May 2016. Azerbaijan reportedly ordered the Heron from Israel in 2012 as part of a package that included two Green Pine radar systems.
Azeri manufacturer AZAD is producing Aeronautics Ltd’s Aerostar tactical UAV and Orbiter mini UAV under licence. Azer Mammadov, senior advisor to Ministry of Defence Industry of the Azerbaijan Republic (MODIAR) chief Yaver Jamalov, told Jane's earlier this year that Azerbaijan was operating Israeli-made Harop UAVs.
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