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DSTA delivered the Heron 1 medium altitude Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) to the RSAF to replace the Searcher-class UAV. Compared to its predecessor, the Heron 1 UAV has longer flight endurance and range, as well as a fully automatic take-off and landing capability.

To allow the timely operationalisation of the UAV system, the DSTA team worked closely with the RSAF to prioritise the delivery of the core capabilities as early as possible. The DSTA project team also sought user feedback on the operationalisation issues with the new UAV system, and implemented improvements to the system in its subsequent deliveries.