Tag Archive for Patriot missiles

Pentagon distributes Patriot missiles throughout Mideast to counter Iran

Having received intel that Iran’s military is planning an attack against US targets in the Mideast, the Pentagon redeploys Patriot missile batteries, designed to intercept ballistic missiles, cruise missiles or advanced aircraft.

By The Associated Press


The US will move a Patriot missile battery into the Middle East to counter threats from Iran, the Pentagon said Friday, reflecting ongoing concerns that Tehran may be planning to attack America forces or interests in the region.

The Defense Department released a statement about the move but provided no details. An official said the decision comes after intelligence showed that the Iranians have loaded military equipment and missiles onto small boats controlled by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard. Continue Reading »

BREAKING: Israel shoots down Syrian jet

Sirens sound in Israel’s north for the second day, as the IDF launches Patriot ground-to-air interceptors at Syrian plane intruding into Israeli airspace.

By Chana Roberts


Sirens sounded Tuesday afternoon in regional councils in the Golan Heights and the Jordan Valley, as well as in the northern city of Katzrin.

Two Patriot missiles fired at a Syrian Sukhoi plane. – Screenshot/ Arutz Sheva videoclip

Residents of northern Israel reported that two interceptor missiles were fired from the Tzfat region.

The IDF confirmed that two Patriot missiles had been fired at a Syrian Sukhoi plane. The plane was being tracked, and when it reached two kilometers (1.24 miles) into Israel, it was shot down. Continue Reading »

IDF launches Patriot missile interceptor, destroys UAV sent from Syria

The IDF used a Patriot Missile to destroy a (Syrian,Hezbollah or Iranian) UAV that attempted to infiltrate Israeli airspace in the Golan Heights.
– Def. Min. Lieberman warned that ‘Israel will respond with force to any provocation and violation of its sovereignty.’

By Ahiya Raved and Yoav Zitun


The IDF launched a Patriot missile on Saturday, which successfully intercepted an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) coming from Syria approaching Israeli airspace near the Golan Heights border. The Patriot was launched from the area surrounding the northern city of ​​Safed, with residents of the area reportedly hearing explosions.

After hearing Explosion, the ‘puff’ seen over Golan Heights, Saturday morning – Photo not accredited


The IDF fired a Patriot missile from the same area two months ago, following the discovery of a UAV nearing Israel’s airspace. Continue Reading »

BREAKING: Israel launches missile, downs Iranian drone over Syria


Although Israeli jets were scrambled, they did not open fire as the IDF launched a Patriot missile from Northern Israel that destroyed a drone deployed by Hezbollah from Damascus.
– This is a developing story.

By i24NEWS


The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) announced on Tuesday that a Patriot missile had been fired from the north of the country to intercept an Iranian-made drone that was launched by Hezbollah from Damascus, most likely on a reconnaissance mission.

According to the military spokesperson, Israeli jets were scrambled but did not open fire. Continue Reading »

WATCH: IDF uses Patriot missile to successfully intercept UAV in nighttime exercise

According to a statement from the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit, the successful interception of the UAV using the Patriot surface-to-air missile system was part of a larger exercise scheduled for 2017.



A Patriot surface-to-air missile was successfully test fired Wednesday from a base in central Israel as part of an air force exercise designed to test Israel’s air defense capabilities against threats.

As part of the exercise, the American-made system scored a direct hit on an airborne UAV.

According to a statement from the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit, the successful interception was part of a larger exercise planned in advance for 2017. Continue Reading »

Israel downs intruding unmanned aircraft from Syria


The IDF successfully launched a Patriot missile & destroyed an unknown UAV that violated Israeli airspace over the Golan Heights.

By i24NEWS


The Israeli Defense Forces on Thursday launched a patriot missile at an unmanned aircraft (UAV) from Syria nearing the Israeli border, violating Israeli airspace.

“The IDF will not allow any breach of Israel’s airspace and will act against any attempt of infiltration,” said the IDF in a statement.

The target was successfully intercepted and shot down over the Golan Heights in northern Israel, confirmed the IDF, stating the UAV was under full surveillance by the Israeli Air Force. Continue Reading »

Israel downs a Syrian aircraft over Golan Heights



Syrian unrest spills over the border with the violation of a Syrian aircraft into Israeli airspace; warplane downed with IAF Patriot missile.



The IDF on Tuesday shot down a Syrian warplane that invaded Israeli airspace over the Golan Heights.

2 Syrian pilots seen after #Israel downed their aircraft earlier near Kanaker – Twitter

A Syrian fighter jet belonging to the Assad regime was detected over Quneitra near the Israeli border, before it crossed into Israeli air space on Tuesday morning.  The IAF fired a Patriot surface-to-air missile at the warplane, striking it down. Continue Reading »

Israel Downs UAV Near Syria Border


IDF spokesman says drone downed with Patriot missile by the IAF, appeared to have belonged to Syria’s military & had flown inadvertently into Israeli airspace.

By Ahiya Raved, Roi Kais, Itay Blumental


The IAF fired a  Sunday afternoon, shooting down an unmanned aerial vehicle that strayed into Israeli airspace from neighboring Syria, the IDF said.

Patriot missile battery. (Photo: Avihu Shapira)

Patriot missile battery. – Photo: Avihu Shapira

The IDF said the incident occurred near Quneitra in the Syrian Golan Heights, the scene of heavy fighting between Syrian government troops and rebels.

Lt.-Col. Peter Lerner, a spokesman for the IDF, said the drone appeared to have belonged to the Syrian military and had flown accidentally into Israeli airspace. Continue Reading »

Gaza Resident to Israel: ‘Reoccupy us, only way to be rid of Hamas’


Gaza residents are fed up with Hamas’ corrupt, violent agenda, prefer Israel, ‘the least of two evils’.

By Israel Today Staff


While observers of the latest round of violence between Israel and Hamas are certain to hear many negative claims against the Jewish state, the residents of Gaza are also quietly expressing ire at their terrorist overlords.

Patriot missile launched in the Negev desert

A Patriot missile launched in the Negev desert (archives) – Photo: Reuters

“Everybody here hates Hamas,” Gaza taxi drive Abu Ali told the Associated Press. “But they’re too afraid to say so publicly. Our food comes from Israel but what we give them in return is rockets — rockets that don’t even make little holes in the ground.”

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Patriot missile downs Hamas drone over Ashdod


Patriot missile battery destroys Hamas drone that entered Israeli airspace

•  8 yr-old boy fro Ashdod lightly wounded.
• Central Israel remain under Gaza rocket fire.
• Up to 4 rockets from Lebanon fired into northern Israel.

By Yehuda Shlezinger, Shlomi Diaz, Daniel Siryoti, Nitzi Yaakov, Lilach Shoval & Israel Hayom Staff


A Hamas unmanned aerial drone was shot down by a Patriot missile battery on Monday morning over the coastal city of Ashdod.

An Iron Dome battery launches an interceptor in Ashdod, Sunday – Photo: Or Mani

The drone took off from the Gaza Strip and flew north before being intercepted.

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IDF deploys Patriot missile battery near Eilat


Israel’s Air Defense Command replaces outdated Hawk anti-missile missile defense with upgraded American Patriot missile interceptor.

By Yoav Zitun


A Patriot missile battery was deployed near Eilat in mid-April, as part of an IDF plan to assure permanent protection of the resort city’s sky. Deployed by the Air Defense Command of the IAF, the new Patriot battery replaced the aging Hawk anti-missile platform which was permanently deployed in the area.

Patriot battery near Eilat (Photo: Meir Ochion)

Patriot battery near Eilat – Photo: Meir Ochion

The new Patriot battery includes an advanced radar system; it is expected to provide a strategic response to ballistic missiles, enemy warplanes, and attack UAVs. Continue Reading »

Israel’s homefront on ‘alert’ for possible Syrian attack

PM Netanyahu convenes security cabinet as IDF announces major drill on the Golan Heights & Patriot anti-missile batteries in Haifa are put on alert. 

Education Minister Shay Piron: School system ready for any deterioration of security situation.

By Gideon Allon, Hili Yacobi, Daniel Siryoti, Yael Branovsky, Nitzi Yaakov & Israel Hayom Staff


With U.S.-led military action in Syria potentially imminent, the Knesset Homefront Preparedness Subcommittee will hold a special meeting on Wednesday to examine the homefront’s readiness for a Syrian attack against Israel.

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Syrian MP threatens Jordan – Jordan threatens to expel Syrian envoy

Syrian Envoy attacked kingdom’s deployment of US patriots so Jordan FM gives Syrian ambassador a final warning



AMMAN – US ally Jordan threatened on Thursday to expel Syria’s ambassador, after he warned the kingdom Syrian missiles could be used against Patriot batteries due to be deployed soon along their border.

Jordanian FM Nasser Judeh after GCC conference

Jordanian FM Nasser Judeh after GCC conference – Photo: Reuters/Susan Baaghil

Foreign Minister Nasser Joudeh told state news agency Petra ambassador Bahjat Suleiman had violated diplomatic protocol.

“The Syrian ambassador has breached all norms and diplomatic practices by his behavior … This is considered as a final warning to abide by the rules of diplomatic practice and to stop any meetings or statements that are deemed harmful to Jordan,’ Joudeh said.

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1st Patriot missile battery to defend Turkey against Syria is operational

Germany, Holland & the U.S. are each sending 2 batteries to Turkey & up to 400 soldiers to operate them after Ankara asked NATO for protection.

By Reuters


The first of six Patriot missile batteries being sent by NATO countries to defend Turkey from possible attack from Syria went operational on Saturday.

Dutch military trucks carrying NATO's Patriot Missile Defense System to protect Turkey

Dutch military trucks carrying NATO’s Patriot Missile Defense System to protect Turkey – Photo by AP

The United States, Germany and the Netherlands are each sending two batteries to Turkey and up to 400 soldiers to operate them after Ankara asked NATO for help. The Patriots are capable of shooting down hostile missiles in mid-air. Continue Reading »

Iran Claims Turkey’s Request for Patriots Is Meant to Protect Israel

Tehran charges Turkey’s deployment of Patriot missiles in is strategically designed to protect Israel from Iranian threats.

By Elad Benari


The deployment of Patriot missiles in Turkey is designed to protect Israel from Iranian threats, Iran charged on Sunday, according to the Turkish daily Hurriyet.

Patriot missile

Patriot missile – AFP photo

Speaking to Lebanon’s Al-Manar TV station, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Ramin Mehmanparast was quoted as having said the missiles were “placed by NATO and the West to protect Israel” against possible incoming Iranian missiles.

Iran believes Turkey would not permit its airspace to be used in an attack on the Islamic Republic, Mehmanparast said, but added that the control of the Patriots was not in the hands of Turkish authorities. Continue Reading »