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US Orders Modified Hero Loitering Munitions for Special Operations

Israel’s UVision has received a $74-million contract to deliver a modified version of its Hero-120 loitering munition to the US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM).

Called the Hero-120SF, the variant will include various enhancements, such as advanced guidance systems and improved payload capacity.

The weapon will also boast increased flexibility to enable seamless deployment from various USSOCOM platforms.

The company did not disclose the exact number of loitering munitions to be delivered, but reports indicated that the amount was less than 200 systems.

In addition to the anti-tank weapons, UVision will supply munitions, spare parts, and equipment training.

The company will partner with Maryland-based defense firm Mistral Inc. to fulfill the contract.

Work is expected to be completed by 2029.

About the Hero-120

Details about the Hero-120SF are currently limited, but the base Hero-120 carries a 4.5-kilogram (10-pound) warhead for carrying out heavy strikes against tanks, armored vehicles, and other heavily-armored targets.

It has a range of 60 kilometers (37 miles) and an endurance of up to 60 minutes.

According to UVision, the Hero-120 is designed to operate independently, or without the need to rely on fire support or intelligence gathering platforms.

It also has a very low signature and can be easily launched from a protected, hidden position to enable maximum safety for operators.

“This significant contract … underscores the commitment of both UVision and Mistral to provide cutting-edge technology and operational expertise to safeguard US national security,” UVision chairman Major General (Ret.) Avi Mizrachi said.

Production of the Hero-120SF will take place at UVision facilities in Virginia.

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