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Israel, Jordan Close Deal on Drones to Fight ISIS

Monday, August 17th, 2015

Israel and Jordan have inked a deal for Jerusalem to supply the Hashemite Kingdom with unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to combat Da’esh (ISIS).

The announcement is a sign of increased cooperation between the two countries in the face of a common enemy. Last month it became known that Israel supplied Jordan with 16 Bell AH-1E/F Cobras it had previously retired from service.

Images seen online on August 13 also showed Royal Jordanian Air Force Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcons parked next to Israeli Air Force Boeing F-151 Eagle (Ra’am) fighters at Lajes Field in the Azores on their way to the United States for joint exercises, accompanied by a group of Israeli Air Force KC-707 fuel tankers.

The Heron TP strategic UAV produced by Israel Aerospace Industries and the Elbit Systems Skylark tactical UAV are reportedly needed to support Jordanian special ground forces as they do battle with Da’esh (ISIS) in Iraq, according to Jane’s. The terrorist group seized control over the sole crossing on Jordan’s common border with Iraq a year ago.

A total of 12 drones of both types are to be delivered to Jordan, the DEBKAfile website reported, although there has been no confirmation of the claim. Elbit denied the report, according to Jane’s.

The Heron TP is the largest and most sophisticated UAV in service since entering the IDF in 2010. The drone can fly to an altitude of 45,000 feet and stay there for up to 40 hours if necessary.

Recently the drone has been approved to carry the IAI (Tamam) M-19HD electro-optical sensor turret which includes zoom and spotter high-definition (HD) day cameras, an HD infrared (IR) zoom camera; laser designator; laser rangefinder; laser pointer, near-IR laser illuminator; electron-multiplied charge-coupled device (CCD) camera; and short-wave IR camera.

Lebanon Claims IAF Bombed Fallen Israeli Drone in Beka’a

Sunday, June 21st, 2015

Lebanon is blaming Israel for what it claimed was an air strike early Sunday on a crashed unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV, or drone) in the western Beka’a Valley.

According to a report broadcast on the Hezbollah-linked Al-Manar TV channel, an Israeli reconnaissance drone allegedly crashed overnight in a remote area of the valley.  Lebanese security source told Al-Manar the IAF targeted in the drone in an air strike early Sunday in order to ensure it would be destroyed, but gave no further details.

The official Lebanese news agency reported that an explosion was heard in the area and that witnesses reported air strikes as well. Lebanese military personnel traveled to the site of the crash to inspect the remains, according to the report, but no further details were provided. A “proper investigation” is yet to be carried out, the sources said. No information was provided on whether or not there were any casualties.

Lebanese security sources told the Reuters news agency that a blast near the town of Saghbein “is still not 100 percent clear” but added that “most probably it was an Israeli strike to destroy their drone.”

Earlier in the day, Aljazeera had also reported the IAF had attacked the area but like others added few details.

Despite all of the above, however, a report published Sunday in the Lebanese Daily Star indicates the truth may be different. Photos of the reported drone published on media websites “show Cyrillic script on a piece of the wreckage, indicating that the drone may have been manufactured either in Russia or elsewhere in Eastern Europe,” the website reported.

Local sources claimed Israel was flying drones over southern Lebanon and Mount Hermon throughout the day on Sunday, but the reports were unconfirmed.

Residents of the area said they spotted an Israeli plane hovering over the southern region near Adloun just moments before the explosion, and eyewitnesses in the area told the Daily Star they saw planes coming from the direction of Mount Hermon. No casualties were reported.

Israeli military sources have declined to comment.

67 Years of the IDF in 81 Seconds [video]

Friday, April 24th, 2015

The film shows soldiers from the days of simple artillery guns to today, when Israel is one of the most sophisticated armed forces in the world.

IDF is planning to replace the world-famous Merkava with a new tank will be able to fire lasers and electromagnetic pulses, run on a hybrid engine and  run faster with a crew as small as two.

The Israeli Air Force wants to purchase as many as 100 F-35 Lightning II fighter jets from the United States, which will use Israeli-built electronic warfare systems, outer-wings, guided bombs, and air-to-air missiles.

In the distant future, the Air Force is planning on being able to use unmanned planes and satellites to carry out almost all aerial combat operations

The Israeli Navy has four Dolphin-class submarines and is waiting for the arrival of two more.

Unidentified Drones Fly Over Paris Landmarks, US Embassy

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

Five unidentified drones were spotted overnight Tuesday flying over flying over various iconic sites in Paris, including the Eiffel Tower – and the U.S. Embassy. It is not clear who sent the drones, nor do authorities know where they went after collecting data.

Officials are “taking this very seriously,” according to news media but because “it’s so easy to buy these drones nowadays” pundits added there was little more to be done.

French police, however, expressed concern about flights over sensitive locations, saying these were not the first.

The unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) were spotted between midnight Monday and 6 am Tuesday morning. Last month similar flights were seen over Elysee Palace, the home of French President Francois Hollande. In October 2014, drones flew over a number of nuclear plants in France as well.

Security personnel in France were unable to determine the source of any of the drones Monday night, nor could they track down the operators.

Israel Denies IDF Drone Shot Down by Syria

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

The Israeli government has officially denied that one of its drones has been shot down by the Syrian Army near the border between the two countries.

Syria claimed on Sunday that government forces had shot down a Skylark 1 UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) used for surveillance by the Jewish State. State media released photos of a drone bearing a sticker with Hebrew writing on it as evidence it had shot down the UAV.

On Monday, however, Israel flatly denied the report, which claimed the drone was flying above the Druze village of Hadar.

Quneitra has become “disputed” territory between the Syrian government and rebels fighting for control of the province. The Al Qaeda-linked Jabhat al Nusra (Al Nusra Front) terrorist group has seized control of the town by the same name, also the site of the sole border crossing between Syria and Israel.

Syria Downs Israeli Drone Near Border [video]

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

Syrian soldiers allegedly downed an Israeli unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) drone on Sunday over the town of Quneitra near the border separating the two countries.

According to reports in Lebanese and Syrian media, the UAV was a Skylark 1, shown with photos showing a drone bearing a sticker with Hebrew writing.

However, the Israeli army said it was unaware of any of its drones falling or being downed in the north.

Arab media reported the drone had been downed near the Druze village of Hadar, a stronghold of President Bashar al-Assad. There has been no confirmation of the report.

Quneitra has been a flashpoint for battles between Syrian government troops and rebel forces north of Israel’s border.

The Al Qaeda-linked Jabhat al-Nusra (Al Nusra Front) terrorist group has been in control of the area for some time, but recently Syrian troops have been gaining ground in their battle to take it back. Al Nusra has also been linked with fighters from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist organization as well.

This is a video of the drone that was reportedly captured:

Hezbollah Used UAVs to Kill Al Qaeda Terrorists in Syria

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

For the first time, Lebanon’s Hezbollah terrorist organization has used unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to bomb its enemies in Syria.

Hezbollah attacked Al Qaeda-linked Jabhat al Nusra (Al Nusra Front) positions on the outskirts of Arsal, along the Syrian border, according to the Iranian FARS news agency.

Although Hezbollah has previously used the drones for reconnaissance missions this marks the first time the terrorist organization has used the UAVs in an aggressive action.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/hezbollah-used-uavs-to-kill-al-qaeda-terrorists-in-syria/2014/09/22/

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