The Israeli air force (IAF) is phasing out its Israel Aerospace Industries Sea Scan 1124 maritime patrol aircraft, with the company’s Heron 1 unmanned air vehicle set to take over in this role.

The three-strong Sea Scan fleet has become costly to maintain, so persistent maritime patrol missions will instead be carried out using the maritime version of the Heron 1.

While the navy may still opt to equip its former US Navy-operated Sikorsky SH-60F Seahawk rotorcraft with new maritime radars, the everyday work will be performed using the Heron 1. […]