Thursday, 19 April, 2018

Israeli Patriot Missile Downs Hezbollah Drone

Melinda Barton | 20 September, 2017, 05:10

Israel used a Patriot missile to take down a Hezbollah drone that attempted to infiltrate its airspace in the Golan Heights Monday, according to news reports.

Israeli media reported that the Israeli military shot the drone down with a Patriot missile.

"As we understand, it was on a reconnaissance mission along the border and the Golan Heights on behalf of Hizbullah", a military spokesman, Lieutenant-Colonel Jonathan Conricus, told reporters.

"We will respond to any such activity sharply and clearly, and we will work to prevent any attempt like it", the army added.

In addition, Russian and Iranian forces are fighting in Syria in support of President Bashar Assad. The military claimed it was Iranian and operated by the Lebanese militants Hezbollah who are fighting with the Syrian regime.

Update: The drone was an Iranian made drone that took off from Damascus, Syria.

"The UAV belongs to the Hezbollah terror organization and was most likely on a reconnaissance mission", the IDF said in a statement. -Gen. Tzvika Haimovitch, stated that UAVs are a big challenge due to their size, speed and low flying altitude.

The Israel Air Force's aerial defense command fired a Patriot missile and destroyed the drone.

With the Iron Dome, the Arrow and David's Sling, Israel's aerial defense system provide a comprehensive protective umbrella able to counter the growing missile threats from short range rockets to longer-range ballistic missiles fired at ranges between 40 to 300 km.