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Successful First Mission in Mali for the German Armed Forces Heron 1 MALE

Successful First Mission in Mali for the German Armed Forces Heron 1 MALE 5 November, 2016

The German Bundeswehr Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial system (UAS) Heron 1 flew its first operational mission in Mali on 1 November from Gao airport. The 5 hour 40 minute flight was fully successful and occurred only about three months following the initial contract signature. The Herons are to remain in Mali until February 2018.

The first flight is an important step to obtain the declaration of full operational capability (FOC). To achieve FOC, three aircraft will be stationed in Gao and reconnaissance missions will be carried out focusing on the north-east of the country in order to protect the citizens and MINUSMA personnel.

 

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