The Iranian military drone that penetrated Israeli air space on February 10 was armed with explosives and headed for a direct attack on a target in the Jewish State, according to the IDF.
#Breaking #IDF announces that following a thourough investigation it has concluded that the #Iranian drone intercepted on February 10, was loaded with explosives and was supposed to attack Israel. pic.twitter.com/VyDucRH2gr
— LTC (R) Peter Lerner (@LTCPeterLerner) April 13, 2018
The IDF said in a statement that after an analysis of the drone after its interception that officials “concluded that the Iranian UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) was armed with explosives and was tasked to attack Israel.”
By shooting it down, “combat helicopters prevented the attack Iran had hoped to carry out in Israel.
“The UAV was identified and tracked by Israeli defense systems until its destruction, effectively eliminating any threat [it] posed,” the IDF said.
Israeli personnel tracked the drone as it took off from the Tiyas air base — also known as the T-4 air base — and proceeded to cross into Israeli territory. The base was subsequently struck by Israeli fighter pilots in retaliation for the Iranian attack, and has since been struck again.