|Israeli Heron TP drone|
An Israeli Heron TP drone has crashed during a joint operation performed by the Israeli military and the developer company of the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).
The most advanced Israeli drone crashed during its test flight on Sunday morning in an area near the Tel Nof military base in central Israel.
No injuries were reported in the incident and an investigation has been launched into the cause of the crash.
The Heron TP is the largest Israeli UAV with a 26-meter-long wingspan. It can fly for up to 45 hours and carry a payload of 1,000 kilograms.
The Israeli drone is also capable of launching missiles.
Israel has increased the use of its drones over the past few years in areas including the Gaza Strip and southern Lebanon.
In July 2011, France announced its decision to purchase the Israeli Heron TP in line with plans to upgrade its UAV capabilities.
The deal with Israel is likely to reach a value of about “USD 500 million” within a few years.