KABUL, Afghanistan – One of Canada’s newly acquired CU170 Heron Unmanned Aerial Vehicles was hoisted off a transport aircraft and brought to its newly erected hangar located at the Kandahar Air Field in Afghanistan.
The Heron will be used to help reduce the number of insurgent attacks in Afghanistan by providing intelligence, surveillance, and a precision target acquisition capability. The Heron can be equipped with a variety of sensors and information systems, and will provide persistent surveillance over a large area in support of ISAF operations in Kandahar province.
“This new unmanned aerial vehicle will improve ISAF’s ability to track insurgent activities and better protect the people of Afghanistan,” said Colonel Christopher Coates, the Commander of the Canadian Air Wing in Kandahar. “The Heron can keep an eye on what’s happening on the ground for a longer period of time by sending back real-time information, and this should help save ISAF and Afghan lives.
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles are an integral part of the modern battlefield; they provide life saving surveillance and intelligence gathering capabilities that can be used in a variety of operations. The Heron is expected to help reduce the number of insurgent-caused deaths due to its ability to scout convoy routes and other areas, scan for insurgents, or use sensors to observe suspicious activity such as the planting of improvised explosive devices.