Image: Israeli drone
Ariel Schalit  /  AP
Israeli-built Heron, an unmanned drone aircraft used for surveillance missions, flies during a display at the Palmahim Air Force Base in Israel.
updated 10/28/2009 3:32:20 PM ET 2009-10-28T19:32:20

Israel Aerospace Industries said Wednesday it would supply unmanned spy planes to Germany that will see action in Afghanistan early next year.

The Heron drones will be deployed by the German air force in northern Afghanistan in early 2010 for reconnaissance missions, the company said in a statement.

It would not reveal how many drones were sold or for how much but said it was a multimillion dollar deal.

Germany's Federal Office of Defense Technology and Procurement confirmed it had signed an agreement to purchase the aircraft.

Israeli drones have previously been supplied to coalition forces to gather intelligence data on Islamic militants in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The Heron is Israel's largest surveillance drone, with a 54-foot wingspan and an ability to fly for as long as 30 hours at a time at a speed of 140 mph and a height of 30,000 feet.

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