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Final mission for Heron

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Final mission for Heron
July 19
13:54 2017

Today marked the day of the final mission for the Heron

In the photo above the Royal Australian Air Force Remotely Piloted Aircraft, Heron, receives a traditional “crossed swords” spraying of water by Tindal firefighters at the end of its final mission for the RAAF, part of Exercise Diamond Storm.

Exercise Diamond Storm, run by the Air Warfare Centre, is one of the practical components of the Air Warfare Instructors Course which graduates students who are experts in Australian Defence Force capabilities and integration across the services, and also have technical mastery of their own roles, capabilities and systems.

The Heron has been instrumental in developing Australia’s Defence capability within the RAAF, and has paved the way for the introduction of the Triton Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS).

Triton is a high altitude, long endurance (HALE) aircraft that will be used for maritime patrol and other surveillance roles.

It will support missions of up to 24 hours, with a sensor suite that provides a 360-degree view of its surroundings, for over 2,000 nautical miles.

Seven Tritons will be based at RAAF Base Edinburgh and will operate alongside the P-8A Poseidon, replacing the existing AP-3C Orion capability.

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