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
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 »
The fleet of Elbit’s Hermes 900, which will be equipped with a new & advanced intel gathering systems, will be carrying out “safety & security missions” to secure the 2014 World Cup.
By YAAKOV LAPPIN
Elbit’s Hermes 900 unmanned aircraft system will be deployed by the Brazilian Air Force to help secure the 2014 World Cup, the Israeli defense firm announced on Wednesday.
Elbit’s Hermes 900 unmanned aircraft to be deployed at 2014 World Cup
The drone will be equipped with a new and advanced intelligence gathering system, and will fly together with Elbit-produced Hermes 450 drones, which the Brazilian Air Force purchased in the past, to secure the games. Continue Reading »
Just Hours after the small Israeli Skylark UAV crashed in the Gaza Strip, Hamas proudly showcases pictures of its captured IDF intelligence aircraft.
By Elior Levy
Gaza-ruler Hamas released photos of the Israeli Skylark drone that crashed Tuesday morning in Gaza due to a technical malfunction.
Hamas militant holds up Israeli Skylark drone that crashed earlier Tuesday
It was reported by the Popular Resistance Committees that its men were the first to get their hands on the drone after its crash; however Hamas security official quickly reached them and forcefully took the UAV away.
The crash occurred Tuesday morning during a routine operational activity of the IDF’s Gaza division, about a kilometer west of the southern Gaza border fence. Continue Reading »
Although, most of the countries are already known, Jerusalem refuses to disclose a detailed list of recipients to avoid a morel debate over selling arms to autocratic regimes.
The Defense Ministry objects to any transparency or openness about Israeli arms sales, despite the serious failures that have recently been revealed in its export control department, as reported in Haaretz by Gili Cohen, and the recent forced resignation of department head Meir Shalit. The ministry almost always refrains from launching criminal investigations of exporters who break the law, preferring to settle the cases with administrative fines – or in other words, behind closed doors in the Defense Ministry, without anything being revealed. Continue Reading »
The Indian gov’t approved a purchase Monday to acquire Israeli manufactured UAVs with the goal of boosting India’s surveillance capabilities.
India will purchase 15 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) from Israel, news outlets reported Monday.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh approved the purchase at a Cabinet meeting, according to Defense Update. The goal: to boost India’s line of surveillance against northern border countries and regional rivals Pakistan and China.
Heron UAV – IAF photo
The purchase will cost about 1,200 crores / 120 million rupees, or just under 2 million dollars.
News Pakistan reports that while India has already invested in IAF technology, the upgrade will give the Indian government long-range control over survey and reconnaissance missions via satellite. Continue Reading »
The U.S. Air Force developed its new batwing shaped stealth drone at the infamous Area 51, capable of covert electronic attack missions, as well as maintaining reconnaissance of enemy territory.
The US Air Force has secretly developed a new stealth drone for long-range reconnaissance missions that could be operational by 2015, according to a report Friday in an industry magazine.
Northrop Grumman RQ-180
The unmanned drone, dubbed RQ-180, is currently in the testing phase at the top secret Groom Lake air base in Nevada in the infamous “Area 51” where the Air Force tested the U2 spy planes in the late 1950s, Aviation Week said. Continue Reading »
Business & Finance News: One of Israel’s top Defense electronics firm reports higher than expected quarterly profit due to sales growth in airborne systems, UAVs & cost cutting measures.
Israeli defense electronics firm Elbit Systems reported higher quarterly profit that beat estimates due to sales growth in airborne systems and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) as well as cost cutting measures.
Elbit earned $1.32 per diluted share excluding one-time items in the third quarter, up from $1.18 a share a year earlier, the company said on Thursday.
Revenue grew to $730.6 million from $677.5 million. Continue Reading »
Reports fromTurkish newspaper: The American Congress cancelled the scheduled delivery of US made UAVs to Turkey because of Ankara’s exposing of Israeli spies to the Iranians.
The United States Congress cancelled the delivery to Turkey of 10 Predators – unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) – following Turkish intelligence chief Hakan Fidan’s disclosure of the identity of 10 Iranians who had been working for the Mossad, the Turkish Taraf daily reported on Monday.
Predator – unmanned aircraft, Photo courtesy: Wikimedia Commons
According to the newspaper, the claims about Fidan can be traced back to the year after the Mavi Marmara incident in 2010. Continue Reading »
Defense Minister Le Drian says France in dire need to introduce intelligence-gathering drones suitable for modern warfare into their arsenal.
France is in talks with the United States and Israel to buy intelligence-gathering drones to build up a modern fleet, Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Sunday.
Israels Eitan (UAV-Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) – Photo courtesy IDF Spokesperson’s Office.
France’s existing hardware is outdated and its military intervention in Mali this year has exposed its shortage of surveillance drones suitable for modern warfare. The United States provided French commanders with intelligence from its drones based in Niger.
“We need this capacity in the short term. Continue Reading »
Israel Air Force shoots down one of its own UAVs over Mediterranean due to engine malfunction.
By Yoav Zitun
An Air Force Shoval-type drone engaged in routine activity was shot down over the sea due to an engine malfunction on Saturday. IAF helicopters searched for its remains in the sea between Tel Aviv and Netanya.
Illuminating bomb over Netanya – Photo: Roni Gil-Ad
Web surfers reported that illuminating bombs were fired over coastal cities as part of the search.
Shoval is one of Israel’s largest and most advanced drones.
The IAF has launched an investigation to discover out the reason for the malfunction. Continue Reading »
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IDF believes Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, Hezbollah’s patrons, was behind UAV launch which penetrated Israeli air space Thursday only to be downed by Israel Air Force.
By Yoav Zitun
Assessments that Iran is behind the launch of the unmanned drone into Israel airspace Thursday is gaining popularity among Israel’s senior military and political echelons.
Navy vessels search for wreckage near Haifa – Photo: Ido Erez
According to current assessments, the drone, which was downed by an IAF F-16 jet a few kilometers west of Haifa’s shore line, was sent by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, in contradiction to previous assessments that Hezbollah was behind the launch. Continue Reading »
The day after Israel shot down a UAV, the Lebanese gov’t increases its military presence along their border with Israel.
The Lebanese army has increased its presence along the Lebanon-Israel border, the official Lebanese National News Agency reported on Friday.
A Lebanese soldier looks at an Israeli army patrol across the border – Photo: AP
According to the report, the IDF increased its presence along the border as well, and IAF aircraft were seen flying over Lebanese territory.
The news comes a day after an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) penetrated Israeli air space from Lebanon. Continue Reading »