Israel's Heron TP: How It Can Be Used Against Iran
Israeli officials have hinted about how its new pilot less drone, the Heron 2, could be used to reach Iran for intelligence and attack purposes. The Heron 2 is the size of a 737 commerical airliner and capable of flying for over 30 hrs and can be armed with up to 250 kg of missiles, it has an altitude of 45,000 ft. The aircraft is fitted with the world's most sophisticated detection devices and controlled by a three man unit based on the ground.
Most of the IDF drones are in the 166 and 200 Squadrons. When parked next to a F-15 fighter, the F-15 is dwarfed. The Heron is capable of ECM jamming, conduct surveillance similar to the American Predator and connect to flying aircraft for direction.
As to the threat to Iran, the Heron's only real threat is its ability to fly undetected over their airspace to collect intelligence. Even if the Heron was capable of carrying a bunker busting bomb that can penetrate hardened missile silos or underground nuclear facilities, it would be similar to finding a needle in a haystack to make it be effective. Even it were a success, the Heron could not carry more than one or two of those bombs. Thus, it would require a massive amount of Heron's to do the job since Iran has many of their faciilties underground and unknown.
The reality is that the US already has Predator drones capable of reaching Iran to gather intelligence, which may already be hovering above. The US has spy satelites capable of much the same thing. The bottom line is that the Heron TP drone is not a real threat to Iran and does not have the ability to destroy the Iranian nuclear program.