Israeli military attempting to locate and recover downed drone, Southern Hebron Hills, October 6. Photo by Eliyahu Hershkovitz
The Israeli Air Force shot down an unidentified aerial vehicle that penetrated Israel’s airspace on Saturday. IDF forces shot down the drone over the Negev, south of Mount Hebron. The IDF said Saturday that the drone arrived in Israel from the west after flying over the Mediterranean and the Gaza Strip. It said the incident is under investigation.
This is the fourth time in the past decade such an incident occurs. In the past, small drones penetrated Israel’s airspace from the north. …
The IDF said Saturday that it plans on examining the drone’s flight course in attempt to establish its origin. It will also investigate what the drone’s objective was: reconnaissance and intelligence gathering (that also may be used for propaganda) or to target Israeli towns or IDF compounds.
Iranian media in past years reported that the country is developing a new combat drone named Karar, saying it will have bombing capabilities. According to reports, Iran claims that the Karar’s range could reach 1,000 kilometers.
The IDF mentioned in past incidents that the damage done to Israel by the drones was not the exposing of classified material, but the fact that videos recorded during the flight were published in the media, undermining the Air Force’s superiority in the region.
Israel radio reported that it appeared to be an intelligence gathering drone. The report says the military knew the drone was nearing Israel and decided to wait to shoot it down over Israeli airspace.
Defence Minister Ehud Barak has congratulated the military in a statement.
He says “we view this incident of attempting to enter Israeli airspace very severely and we will consider our response later.”
The drone was brought down a mere 30 kilometers from the Dimona.