Israel Aerospace Industries has revealed that it expects to complete developmental testing and secure the first customer for its Super Heron unmanned air vehicle by 2015.

The larger, maritime, heavy-fuel variant of its Heron UAV was introduced during the Singapore Airshow in February. Since then, it has completed its initial flight-testing phase and is now due to undergo a maturation phase that will require a number of flight hours before it is production-ready.

Jacques Chemla, director of business development at IAI’s military aircraft group, told Flightglobal that he believes the Super Heron will be contracted next year and first deliveries will be possible some 12 to 15 months later. […]