srael has been developing and deploying UAVs since the 1980s and has considerable expertise in UAV manufacture and deployment. Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), specialises in leasing and UAV service provision, as well as direct export sales of UAV systems such as the HERON MALE UAV. The airframe can carry a 600kg payload and mission systems include surveillance systems, video, IR, laser rangefinder, target acquisition and tracking, electronic and communications intelligence gathering, satellite communications and communications relay systems. The system operates at altitudes up to 26,000ft, has a range of 210mls and an endurance of up to 40 hours. The French Air Force has used the IAI HARFANG derivative of the HERON MALE UAV in Afghanistan and since mid 2011 in Libya. HERON is also operated by Australia, Canada, Germany, India, and Turkey.