Canadian engine in Israeli drones sold to France

The Israeli Heron TP drone produced by Israeli Aerospace Industries will be powered by the Pratt and Whitney PT6 turboprop engine, produced by Pratt and Whitney Canada.

The Heron TP drones sold to France in July 2011 will have the Canadian-built turboprop engine.

An earlier post in this blog detailed the connections between Pratt and Whitney Canada and IAI, and other Israeli arms and aviation companies.

In 2009 the Heron TP contributed significantly to the Israeli attack on Gaza.

Pratt and Whitney PT6 engines appear to be produced in the Pratt and Whitney plant in Longueuil, Quebec, near Montreal. In addition, there are many Canadian suppliers of components for the PT6. The main industrial union at Pratt and Whitney in Montreal appears to be the Canadian Auto Workers.

Since it appears that the PT6 is used in all Heron TP drones, the Canadian engine will also be in drones sold to Chile and Colombia.

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