Russian Tanks in the Crosshairs: Israel’s UVision Introduces its Innovative Loitering Munition Systems at Dubai Airshow 2021

UVision’s promotional video for the Dubai Airshow 2021 simulates the Company’s loitering munition attacking the Russian T-90 tank / UVision photo
UVision’s promotional video for the Dubai Airshow 2021 simulates the Company’s loitering munition attacking the Russian T-90 tank / UVision photo

The Israeli UVision Air Ltd. Company has unveiled its new HERO family of loitering munition systems at the Dubai Airshow 2021, which is being held at Dubai World Central Airport from 14th to 18th November

As an interesting fact, the UVision’s press release for the show features an image of the Company's loitering munition diving towards its target, the target shown being a modification of the Russian T-90 main battle tank.

At the Dubai Airshow, UVision featured the following systems:

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- Hero-30 Loitering Munition System,thatincorporates a high level of precision attack and abort capabilities;

- Hero-120 Loitering Munition System - a mid-range, anti-armor loitering munition system which meets the complex requirements of the modern battlefield;

- Hero-400 Loitering Munition System - a long-range, high-precision loitering munition system with a low acoustic, visual and thermal signature that can locate, track and strike static and moving targets with high accuracy, and minimal collateral damage;

- Hero Training and Simulation System – realistic virtual training for the Hero series of loitering munitions.

Solder preparing to launch the HERO-30 loitering munition developed and manufactured by UVision / UVision courtesy photo

The HERO family of highly-lethal loitering munition systems has been specially designed to meet the specific requirements of launch from an aerial platform. With low acoustic, visual, radar and thermal signature, and equipped with a substantial warhead to counter high-value and fortified targets, the systems can locate, track and strike hidden or moving objects with extreme accuracy. Suitable for deployment from multiple aerial platforms, Hero systems feature high-speed transit flight and a modular payload, fitted for a variety of electronic measures as well as explosive 'kinetic' charges, making it suitable for use in almost any extended-range attack mission.

UVision’s HERO-series loitering munitions are easy to control with intuitive, user-friendly interface / UVision courtesy photo

"The Hero series of loitering munition systems provides combat forces with unique capabilities for the modern battlefield, providing tactical echelons with lethal capabilities of unprecedented precision, while minimizing sensor-to-shooter cycles and maintaining operational independence,” says Major General (Ret.) Avi Mizrachi, CEO of UVision. “These capabilities are already combat proven by major NATO military forces and others among UVision's leading operational customers worldwide. The Abraham Accords open up new opportunities for cooperation between UVision and military forces in the UAE region. We plan to introduce our latest, most advanced combat-proven loitering munition systems, which meet the requirements of the region. UVision considers the UAE to be an important market, and we are working to reinforce the new partnership between our countries."

The Abraham Accord was signed between Israel and the United Arab Emirates on September 15, 2020 at the South Lawn of the White House in Washington DC. The deal, mediated by the US, is the first Arab-Israeli peace deal in 26 years. It marks the first public normalization between Israel and an Arab country since that of Jordan in 1994.

The UAE has become the third Arab country after Egypt in 1979 and Jordan in 1994, and the first Persian Gulf country to agree to formally normalize its relationships with the State of Israel.

Dubai Airshow 2021 is UAE’s first defense trade fair to host exhibitors from Israel.

September 15, 2020 saw the signing of the history-making Abraham Accords Peace Agreement: Treaty of Peace, Diplomatic Relations and Full Normalization Between the United Arab Emirates and the State of Israel. The signing was negotiated with U.S. mediation / The White House stock photo

Selection of Russia’s T-90 tank as a virtual target for Israel’s new loitering munition, as seen in UVision’s promotional materials for the Dubai Airshow 2021, has purportedly revealed the plans the Israeli industries have to edge out Russian companies from the UAE’s market where the latter had had a traditionally significant share previously. This could also signify how Israel views Russia’s role in the Syrian conflict where Russia deployed its T-90 tanks in several configurations.

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