Israeli Eitan UAVs for French Air Force: Armed Forces Int. News . . The French Air Force is set to have a new Unmanned Aerial Vehicle design in service by 2014, according to an announcement made by the French Defence Ministry in late July 2011. The UAV will have medium-altitude long- endurance (MALE) qualities, allowing it to carry out lengthy missions and it'll be supplied via a collaboration between Dassault of France and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI). It'll use an existing UAV design, the IAI Heron TP, as its basis, giving it additional features in line with France's requirements. The original IAI Heron can carry out extended, 52-hour missions at heights of over 30,000 feet. Powered by a single 115 horsepower engine and capable of carrying a 550 pound payload, the Heron's in widespread military service, equipping Turkey, Singapore, India, Germany, Australia, Canada and many other nations. The Heron TP is a significantly-upgraded Heron and, in Israeli service, has a new name - the Eitan. . French Air Force Eitan UAV . The first French Air Force Eitan UAV is expected in 2014 and the last in 2016 and the deal has an estimated value of some 350 million Euros. According to industry sources, the French Air Force will ultimately get an estimated 30+ Heron TPs and, while the components will be manufactured in Israel, they'll be pieced together in France.. UAVs like the Heron and the Eitan have become an integral part of modern warfare. Able to carry out high-level, detailed reconnaissance missions, they can acquire and stream data without causing immediate risk to human life.