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7/29/2017 Defense Update - News Analysis by David Eshel: Israel Intercept Two Attack UAV Launched by Hezbollah

Defense Update - News Analysis by David Eshel

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Responding to the rapid pace of new
Monday, August 07, 2006 developments in Mid-East defense, is
Israel Intercept Two Attack UAV Launched by Hezbollah introducing a news commentary
section, written and edited by Lt. Col
(Ret.) David Eshel, an IDF veteran and
experienced writer in the world's
leading defense publications for many
years. Readers who would like to
write, suggest or comment on issues
covered in this column are invited to
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Updated Aug. 14, 2006: Merkava Mk4 Tanks Endure AT
missile Attacks
IAF Investigates Cause of Israeli
Two unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) launched by Hezbollah against
AH-64 Helicopter Losses
Israel August 13, 2006 were downed by Israel. Some 30 kilograms of
Israelis use Fuel-Air Explosives for
explosives were found at the site where one of the UAVs crashed in IED and mine clearing in Lebanon
Northern Israel. One of the UAVs was downed in Lebanese area, and Summary of Israeli Air Force Strikes
crashed near the city of Tyre, on the Lebanese Mediterranean coast. -12-21 July 2006
The other managed to penetrate Israel and was intercepted and Iranian Support for Hizbolla
downed by Israel, and crashed over the western Israeli coastal plain, INS Hanit Suffers Iranian Missile
near the Israeli-Lebanese border.
Increasing Importance of Jordan Rift
Few days ago, another UAV tried to penetrate the Israeli airspace. An Hamas Activists, Weapons Siezed in
Iranian made Ababil unmanned aerial vehicle launched by the Jordan
Hezbollah was intercepted tonight (July 7th, 2006) off the Israeli Thermobaric Explosives - the Perfect
coast over the Mediterranean Sea. The UAV was detected by Israel Weapon for Urban Terrorists
Air Force air defense radars as it was launched by Hezbollah from Is al Qaeda joining the Intifada?

Lebanon. After crossing the international border, it continued south
toward the center of Israel, and was intercepted at a very low
altitude, and low speed (about 70 kt) about 10 kilometers from the
coastline, over the Haifa bay by Israel Air Force F-16C jet. In a video
which recorded a live FLIR image taken by a UAV flying above the
scene, the F-16 (the bright dot at the upper center) is shown
identifying the Ababil target, then firing an air-to-air missile which
clears the jet in a streight flight, then makes a sharp right turn and
hits the UAV (marked with a circle). After the event, as the Ababil
wreckage was salvaged Hezbollah markings are clearly seen (picture
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The Hezbollah conducts extensive intelligence gathering activity to improve its capability to target sensitive Israeli sites. as a significant part of Israel was included in "Google Earth" service. Endorsing the Hezbollah UAV capability. The first two attempts flown in 2005 lasted about 10 . Photos & Video: Israel AIr Force. This time. long range observations conducted by its own forces. In past incursions the Hezbollah used an Iranian twin-tail delta winged UAV they called Mersed 1. Hezbollah secretary general Hassan Nasrallah claimed in a speach in April 2005 that these unmanned vehicles can be packed with 40-50 kg of explosives to attack priority targets deep inside Israel.News Analysis by David Eshel: Israel Intercept Two Attack UAV Launched by Hezbollah This is the third time Hezbollah is flying UAVs over Israel. Target analysis. the UAV was not armed. the current vehicle is also believed to be of the same provided with fairly accurate GPS coordinates which are accurate enough to support the aiming of rocket attacks. where Hezbollah successfully flew the UAVs over the Israeli border and northern towns. offering everyone a free access to relatively high resolution satellite images of Israel. as well as utilizing intelligence support and weather forecasts (required for accurate aiming of its medium range rockets) provided by Syria. according to the the IAF Chief of operations. as the Israelis were prepared and intercepted the vehicle before it penetrated Israeli airspace. utilizing signals intelligence (SIGINT). Nevertheless. including coordinates gathering has been dramatically improved in recent months.html 2/3 . the UAV managed to remain airborne for about 10 minutes. most of which are believed to have been destroyed by IAF attacks during the first week of the war.7/29/2017 Defense Update . Hezbollah can use armed UAVs to offset its limited deep strike capability originally maintained by Iranian controlled Zelzal missiles. the Israelis scrambled their interceptors to maintain combat air patrols throughout the night.18 minutes. challenging the Israeli defenses which did not respond effectively. posted by Editor at 6:37 PM 0 Comments: Post a Comment Links to this post: http://defense-update. to repel potential attacks by armed UAVs. However.

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