Tag Archive for Drone

US demands from Israel intel information on drone given to Russian PM


view videoUS demands clarification as to whether the drone used by Israeli researchers, that Agricultural Minister Uri Ariel gave Russian PM Medvedev as a present, contained American technology.

By Itamar Eichner


An American official from the US Embassy in Israel has commented for the first time since Minister of Agriculture Uri Ariel gave Russian Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev a drone as a gift worth 200,000 shekels which was being used by researchers at the Agricultural Research Organization, Volcani Center.

“The US demands information from the Israeli authorities in order to determine whether there was American technology in the drone,” the official said days after Uriel’s humiliating and potentially consequential blunder. Continue Reading »

US defense firm sues over Germany’s plan to lease Israeli drones


German plans to lease Israeli-made drones for 10 years has been suspended after American weapons manufacturer challenges decision in court for the ‘Blue & White’.

By i24news


Germany’s plans to lease Israeli-made drones has been put on hold after a legal challenge submitted by an American weapons manufacturer.

Israel’s Heron TP, or Eitan drone – Photo: AFP

The decision by the German army to lease the Heron TP drones from Israel Aerospace Industries was announced by Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen in January for temporary use until 2025 when development of a joint German, Italian, and French drone is expected to be completed. Continue Reading »

WATCH: Hezbollah video shows its UAV dropping Chinese-produced cluster munition on Syrians


view videoUnlike he other UAVs Hezbollah has sent into Israel, the Shiite terror group uploaded a video showing that it is now in possession of and extremely cheap but dangerous tactical drone, which the Pentagon is already taking steps to neutralize.

By Roi Kais


Despite the thousands of Hezbollah terrorists in Syria, one of the most worrying things to the West is the newest weapon the terrorist organization has added to its arsenal—a cheap UAV.

After Hezbollah launched over the last few years UAVs toward Israel, last week the organization publicized a video showing UVA attacks on the outskirts of Aleppo. Continue Reading »

IDF failed to destroy Russian drone that invaded Israeli airspace


Russian President Vladimir Putin informed PM Netanyahu that the UAV which accidentally entered Israeli airspace was Russian, not Hezbollah’s or Syrian.

By David Rosenberg


A drone which penetrated Israeli airspace three weeks ago was Russian, not Syrian, as initially believed, Haaretz reported on Sunday.

In mid-July, three weeks ago to the day, an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) crossed into Israeli airspace over the Golan Heights from the Syrian frontier, and managed to fly some 2.5 miles (4 km) into Israeli airspace before turning back.

At the time, an IDF spokesperson acknowledged that a drone had entered Israeli airspace, but gave no indication as to who was behind the incident. Continue Reading »

Private security firm employs drones to retrieve stolen cars


After Israel Police allowed Ituran, a local car tracking & security company, to use drones to track stolen cars, the firm successfully carried out an operation to locate & retrieve a stolen Israeli car in Tulkarem, a major Palestinian city.

By Udi Etzion


Authorities have now permitted private security companies to operate drones. Mamon, Ynet’s sister publication, learned that Ituran, a company that provides tracking and protection services for vehicles, has successfully employed drones to locate stolen car in the past few weeks.

Drones are now providing the largest stolen car tracking companies in Israel with capabilities that had been previously limited to the security forces. Continue Reading »

Watch: Israel Aerospace Industries Drone Guard disrupts flight of enemy drones

view videoIsrael’s solution for enemy drone detection, identification & flight disruption was developed to counter the increase in recent years of Hezbollah’s small drones which theoretically, could pose a threat to sensitive areas.

By Yoav Zitun


Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) revealed the Drone Guard- a new system for drone detection, identification and flight disruption on Tuesday .

The IAI said that it has recently begun to sell this system to some customers, after it was also successfully tested in scenarios of simultaneous drone attacks.

visit to border as defense minister, Lieberman briefed by IDF chief Eisenkot and says priority is to ‘maintain the calm.’ Continue Reading »

First U.S. Army test with Israel’s Iron Dome against drones, successful 


For the first time on American soil, the US Army successfully used Israel’s Rafael made Iron Dome to shoot down a targeted drone.



The US Army this week carried out a first successful trial of an interceptor air defense missile, made by Israeli defense company Rafael.

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Israel’s Rafael unveils new anti-Drone defense system


Able to neutralize drones of all sizes, Israel’s ‘Drone Dome’ is designed to detect, track, & down enemy drones under all weather conditions with its 360-degree coverage, wide spectrum signal jammer.

By Hezi Sternlicht & Israel Hayom Staff


Israeli defense contractor Rafael Advanced Defense Systems unveiled its newest development this week, the Drone Dome defense system, design to intercept enemy unmanned aerial vehicles.

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WATCH: IDF considering purchase of battlefield ‘suicide drones’


view videoThe Rotem drone, that the IDF soldier can carry (up to 2 drones) on their back, is armed with 2 grenades that explode when the drone hits its target.

Lilach Shoval & Israel Hayom Staff


The Israel Defense Forces is interested in purchasing “suicide drones,” an Israel Aerospace Industries official said on Sunday.

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Report: Saudi Arabia buying Israeli drones via South Africa




A Saudi political analyst who is well known for leaking exclusive information about the royal family of Saudi Arabia on Twitter has recently reported that the kingdom buys drones from Israel, in cooperation with South Africa.

ELBIT ANNOUNCED yesterday the arrival of an upgraded drone called the Skylark 3 that delivers over-the-next-hill visual intelligence. It’s from the same family of UAVs that currently helps IDF units. – Photo: Courtesy

In a series of remarks he wrote on his Twitter page Wednesday, the Saudi analyst suggested that the official report released by the Saudi Defense Ministry according to which the kingdom would build a drone factory in collaboration with South Africa is false.

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Irony: Israeli drone sold to Russia used to defend Assad in Syria


What appears to be an Israeli-made drone was photographed in the Syrian skies, suggesting that a UAV sold to Russia is now being used by Assad’s army against the rebels.

By Yoav Zitun & Roi Kais


An image released Sunday appears to show an Israeli-made drone flying over Syria. Israel Air Industries (IAI) sold the same model of drones to Russia, which may explain the aircraft’s presence in the country. Thus, in a stroke of irony, an Israeli drone is helping the Assad regime and its allies, Iran and Hezbollah, to maintain its rule and beat the rebels. 

An IAI drone alleged to be the same model seen in the image – Photo: Israel Aerospace Industries

Syrian social media accounts claimed that the Israeli drone was sold by Russia to Assad’s army, but the photo and information were not published in official media outlets, so the accuracy of this claim is unclear. Continue Reading »

India orders 10 missile-armed UAVs from Israel in $400M deal


The purchase order of Heron UAVs isn’t their first, but this expedited procurement came from the highest levels of the Indian government.

By i24news


The Indian government has approved plans to purchase 10 missile-armed drones from Israel, according to India’s Economic Times. The news outlet described the acquisition as “a crucial acquisition that will enhance India’s cross-border military strike capability.”

The $400 million deal to buy Heron TP drones was expedited through the procurement process under orders from the highest levels of government.

US drone attacks are deeply unpopular in Afghanistan and Pakistan but the Pentagon considers them an important weapon in the fight against Islamic militants – Photo: Massoud Hossaini/AFP

The Indian Air Force already operates a fleet of Heron, Harpy and Searcher unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), which are used for taking out enemy radar positions as well as surveillance and intelligence gathering. Continue Reading »

#BDSfail: Switzerland to buy 6 Israeli drones for border surveillance


Purchase approved at $250 million by Swiss parliament despite pro-Palestinian supporters rallying against investment in anything Israeli.

By i24news


Switzerland’s parliament on Monday voted in favor of a controversial plan to buy six Israeli surveillance drones worth 250 million Swiss francs ($256 million, 230million euros).

The upper house of the Swiss parliament approved the purchase of six unarmed Hermes 900 drones with 30 votes in favor and 12 opposed, confirming the lower chamber’s previous authorization of the deal.

An Elbit Systems’ Multi-role long range Male UAV Hermes 900 is presented at the International Paris Airshow at Le Bourget, France, on June 17, 2015 – Photo: Eric Piermont/AFP

Campaigners had rallied against the deal with Israeli company Elbit Systems, urging Switzerland not to invest in Israel’s military complex due to its alleged “systematic human rights abuses” against Palestinians. Continue Reading »

Watch: Iron Dome Destroys UAV Entering Israeli Airspace

view videoRafael, maker of the Iron Dome system, showed in tests that the missile defense system is also effective against enemy UAVs.

By Koby Finkler


Iron Dome isn’t just for incoming missiles from Gaza or Lebanon. The missile defense system is also effective against drones (UAV), tests by Rafael, maker of the system, showed. The tests were documented in videos released by the companies Monday.

Iron Dome anti-missile system – Israel Air Force

A spokesperson for Rafael said that the system had long had the capability of hitting drones, even before it was first used against missiles in 2011. Company sources said that the videos would be used to help market the system to countries that may not be concerned about incoming short-range missiles, which Iron Dome is generally used for, but wish to better defend their skies against unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Continue Reading »

Hamas Escalating Tensions With UAV Breaching Israeli Airspace Following Rocket Attack

Just days after Gaza’s rocket attack on Southern Israel, Hamas enclave continues to show an increase in aggression with drone, possibly updating intel prior to attack.

By Uzi Baruch


An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) from Gaza, apparently belonging to the Hamas terrorist organization that rules the coastal enclave, breached Israeli airspace on Thursday afternoon.

Unmanned drone (file)

Unmanned drone (file) – Reuters

The drone crossed over the security border in southern Gaza, but soon thereafter fell to the ground even before the IDF decided whether or not to shoot it out of the sky.

IDF engineering corps forces retrieved the vehicle in order to inspect it and investigate its capabilities.

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