UVision Air, a global pioneer of lethal aerial loitering systems of all sizes, has unveiled the Hero-400EC, its new enlarged, extended-range, extremely precise loitering munition

The system’s unique cruciform aerodynamic design delivers high accuracy and reduces collateral damage. Its electric motor enables it to loiter silently above a target, ready to instantly respond to pop-up threats. The Hero-400EC was presented for the first time at the Ground Warfare and Logistics Conference in Latrun, Israel, on 16-17 May 2017.

According to Noam Levitt, CEO of UVision: “We recognised the need for a long-range platform that could remain in the air for extended periods of time, provide a substantial warhead effective against a wide variety of targets, and also deliver missile-level pinpoint strike capabilities. The Hero-400EC answers these critical needs.”

The Hero-400EC is a revolutionary Loitering Munition System using man-in-the loop technology and advanced electro-optical / infrared (EO / IR) payloads that can locate, track and strike static or moving targets with pinpoint accuracy and surprise. The system features a low noise and thermal signature modular multi-tube launcher that is adaptable to a wide range of platforms, thereby offering air, land, and sea capabilities.

The abort capability allows automatic re-entry into the loitering mode, re-engagement of the enemy, or return to the recovery area using a parachute. This makes Hero-400EC a cost-effective weapon of choice on today’s asymmetric battlefield. The Hero-400EC has a maximum take-off weight of 40kg and a warhead weight of 10kg, with an endurance of up to two hours.

Mr. Levitt further remarked: “The system is currently in an advanced stage of development, with customer demonstrations planned for later this year. We believe it will prove very successful as the only platform of its kind in its category that meets these very real and acute needs.”