A Canadian military commander toured an Israeli Air Force base last week while holding talks with Israel's top military brass with the apparent intention of buying Israeli-made unmanned aircraft (UAV).
Canadian Air Force Commander Lt.-Gen. Andre Deschamp, hosted by IAF Commander Gen. Ido Neuchushtan, discussed the merits and disadvantages of Israel's latest generation of unmanned aerial vehicles UAVs), the Heron. “Links between the IAF and the Canadian Air Force are extremely important and therefore it was an excellent opportunity for me to visit here,” the Canadian commander told reporters. “I learned a lot.”
UAV operators recently had a chance to put the IAF's most advanced such aircraft – Israel Aircraft Industry's (IAI) Eitan, also known as the Heron TP -- into operation near Gaza.
Deschamp also met with Deputy IDF Chief of Staff Maj.-Gen. Benjamin Gantz, as well as other senior officers of the IDF, and Israel Aircraft Industries, who briefed him on intelligence, strategies and IAF operational issues.
Among the stops on the Canadian commander's tour was the Tel Nof air force base, where he reviewed a squadron of the new Eitan (Heron TP).
The Eitan, which was officially launched this past February, can stay in the air for 24 hours at a time, and is able to reach as far as Iran, according to the IDF spokesperson.