Heron UAS operators offered airframe ‘transplant’

 

Existing operators of the Israel Aerospace Industries Heron unmanned air system are being offered a way of getting the advanced performance of the heavy fuel engine-powered Super Heron, by taking the avionics package of the older version and “transplanting” it into the new model’s enlarged fuselage…

http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/Heron-UAS-operators-offered-airframe-transplant-399768

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US Predator Drone Team Deploys To Find Kidnapped Nigerian Girls

The US has deployed a Predator drone team of 80 military personnel — mostly airmen — to Chad to help find nearly 300 schoolgirls kidnapped in neighboring Nigeria…

http://www.defensenews.com/article/20140521/DEFREG04/306020012/US-Predator-Drone-Team-Deploys-Find-Kidnapped-Nigerian-Girls?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|World%20News|p

Iran unveils reverse-engineered version of captured U.S. RQ-170 stealth drone

 

During a ceremony held at Tehran on May 11, Iran unveiled an RQ-170 drone allegedly manufactured by reverse-engineering of U.S. Sentinel drone captured in December 2011. The Lockheed Martin’s Sentinel UAV was showcased next to the one that crash landed for (still unclear reasons) in northeastern Iran about three years ago…
http://theaviationist.com/2014/05/11/iran-modified-version-rq-170/

The Polish soldiers have recovered the lost drone.

The Flyeye mini-UAV(unmanned aerial vehicle) lost on May 7, near Torun, was eventually found about 25 km southwest of the artillery range where it was operating, in quite good condition…

http://theaviationist.com/2014/05/10/poles-recovered-lost-drone/

Note: In 2012 the Poland’s Ministry of Defense has announced plans to replace its fleet of Su-22 fighter jets with unmanned combat aerial vehicles (UCAVs), according to various reports in the Polish media. (Defense News)