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commenti dall'Iran: Drone flight shows Israel is vulnerable: Iran military official

 

The incursion by an unmanned aircraft into Israeli airspace at the weekend exposed the weakness of Israeli air defenses, an Iranian military official was quoted as saying on Monday.

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Jamaluddin Aberoumand, deputy coordinator for Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, said the incident indicated that Israel's Iron Dome anti-missile defense system "does not work and lacks the necessary capacity", Fars news agency reported.

The Iron Dome system, jointly funded with the United States, is designed to shoot down short-range guerrilla rockets, not slow-flying aircraft. It intercepted more than 80 percent of the targets it engaged in March when nearly 300 rockets and mortars were fired at southern Israel, the Pentagon said at the time.

 

Israeli Jets Buzz Lebanon After Drone Incursion

 

Israeli warplanes swooped low over Lebanese villages Sunday in a menacing show of force apparently aimed at the Hezbollah guerrilla group after a mysterious raid by an unmanned aircraft that was shot out of Israeli skies over the weekend.

Israel was still investigating Saturday's incident, but Hezbollah quickly emerged as the leading suspect because it has an arsenal of sophisticated Iranian weapons and a history of trying to deploy similar aircraft.

The Israeli military said the drone approached Israel's southern Mediterranean coast and flew deep into Israeli airspace before warplanes shot it down about 20 minutes later. Israeli news reports said the drone wasn't carrying explosives and appeared to be on a reconnaissance mission.

Military officials wouldn't say where the drone originated or who produced it, but they ruled out the Gaza Strip, which is ruled by Hamas, a group not known to possess drones. That left Hezbollah as the most likely culprit and suggested the drone may have flown with the blessing of Iran. Tensions are high between Israel and Iran over Tehran's nuclear program.

"It is an Iranian drone that was launched by Hezbollah," Israeli lawmaker Miri Regev, a former chief spokeswoman for the Israeli military, wrote on her Twitter feed. "Hezbollah and Iran continue to try to collect information in every possible way in order to harm Israel." She didn't offer any further evidence and wasn't immediately available for comment.

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Iran Claims Hack, Scorns Israeli Air Defenses

 

Iran derided Israel’s air defenses as feeble Oct. 8, citing a drone incursion into its arch-foe’s airspace, but did not say it had sent the aircraft shot down by the Israelis at the weekend.

 

It also accused Israel and others of masterminding what it said was a cyber attack on communication networks on Iranian offshore oil and gas platforms in the past few weeks.

 

With tension high over Iran’s disputed nuclear program and Israeli threats to attack it, the remarks by Iranian officials pointed to possible aspects of a shadow war waged by the two adversaries and perhaps by Israel’s Western allies, whose sanctions have battered the Iranian economy and currency.

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Israel deploys Patriot missiles near northern port

 

Israel has deployed Patriot anti-missile batteries near the northern port city of Haifa, Israeli media reported Monday, just two days after an unidentified drone infiltrated the country’s airspace.

 

A military spokeswoman confirmed to AFP that the US-made missiles, which can shoot down drones, had been stationed near Haifa but refused to confirm the move was related to the Saturday infiltration.

 

A defence official told AFP it was not the first time that the mobile Patriot batteries had been deployed near Haifa.

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Propaganda o verità? Hezbollah Says It Sent Drone That Was Shot Down Over Israel

 

Hezbollah, the Lebanese political party and militia, said it was behind the drone that entered Israeli airspace Saturday and warned it may continue to launch reconnaissance operations over Israel.

Hezbollah leader Seyed Hassan Nasrallah characterized the reconnaissance operation, which he said used an Iranian drone assembled in Lebanon, as a major success for the Shiite group and accused Israel of playing down the breach of its territory.

 

 

 

http://theaviationist.com/2012/10/11/hezbollah-uav/

 

Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Hezbollah told the militant movement’s al-Manar television network that his group was behind the launch of a mysterious UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) shot down over Israel last week.Israeli Air Force F-16 fighter jets were scrambled to intercept the spy drone (a remotely piloted helicopter), and shot it down over the Negev desert.

According to Nasrallah, the UAV was assembled in Lebanon but made in Iran, thus officially confirming Tehran’s support to Hezbollah. Iranian UAVs operated by Assadists have been constantly spotted over Syria, spying on rebels, since the beginning of the uprising.

After an initial investigation, Israeli officials had already discovered that the drone was launched from Lebanon, and flew along the coast before managing to reach Negev. According to an al-Arabiya report, the spy drone was able to capture imagery from Israel’s nuclear facility in Dimona but Israel reports suggested the drone was relatively primitive and unable to transmit real time footage of the target to its ground control station over long range.

Advanced or not, the drone was able to violate one of the most very well guarded airspaces in the world, possibly covering a distance of about 300 kilometers before being shot down: since its range exceeded 200 km, more than a tactical drone, it should be considered a real MALE (Medium Altitude Long Endurance). Not a Predator, still an interesting piece of hardware, that could have been launched from a ship (to shorten the “trip” and make the UAV more difficult to spot on departure).

According to the information provided by Israeli media outlets, radar stations detected the UAV when it was flying parallel to the coastline southbound from Lebanon. As said, two F-16s were scrambled to intercept the Slow Mover: they trailed the intruder for some 30 minutes before hitting the target as it was flying north of Beersheba.

Quite interestingly, the F-16 did not hit the drone on the first attempt: the Python IV missile launched by the Israeli plane missed the plane. Hence, the one that did destroy it, was a second air-to-air missile.

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