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The Bundeswehr operates since 2010, the unmanned aerial system Heron 1 in Afghanistan in the mission "Resolute Support" and since 2016 in Mali in the mission "MINUSMA". Within the next few years will be Heron the step 1 by Heron TP (turboprop) replaced.

The operation of the Heron TP by the Bundeswehr is expected to begin in the summer of 2020. Currently, the contract negotiations are underway with the main contractor ADAS (Airbus Defense & Space Airborne Solutions) on rendering services in the first application. The training of the operating personnel at the site Tel November in Israel has already begun. The Heron 1 and Heron TP are reconnaissance drones the MALE class (medium-altitude long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle) for medium altitude and long residence time over the respective area of ​​application. Manufacturer is Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI).

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