Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Israel fields armed UAVs in Lebanon
SOURCE:Flight International ^ | 08/08/06 | By Peter La Franchi in London

Posted on 08/07/2006 9:05:03 AM PDT by sukhoi-30mki

Israel fields armed UAVs in Lebanon

By Peter La Franchi in London

Operations in Lebanon and the Gaza strip are providing the first clear evidence that Israel has armed a number of unmanned air vehicles to reduce engagement times for time-sensitive targets. The USA is the only other nation known to operate armed UAVs.

The air vehicles involved are believed to be Israel Aircraft Industries Herons, which have only recently entered operational service with the Israeli air force. The missiles carried are possibly Rafael Spikes, although this has not been independently confirmed. The Israeli defence ministry has not responded to requests for comment.

Reports of weaponised Israeli UAVs being used in the current crisis include a 27 July operation over the Gaza Strip and a strike against suspected Hezbollah positions in southern Lebanon 31 July.

Rafael has been pushing Spike as a weapons option for UAVs for at least two years. At the 2005 Paris air show Sagem displayed an early mock-up of its Sperwer-B UAV equipped with a single Spike dispenser tube under each wing.

Israel also operates IAI Searcher II and Elbit Hermes 450S unmanned air vehicles, both of which would be capable of carrying at least two Spike missiles in the configuration proposed for Sperwer.

Northrop Grumman last year revealed a two-Hellfire missile carriage capability for its Hunter II version of Heron as part of its unsuccessful bid for a US Army requirement.

Israel's deployment of armed UAVs appears to be limited and based around the Heron.

Israel is also making extensive use of UAVs for reconnaissance, off-board targeting for manned strike platforms and electronic intelligence gathering. Video sequences recorded by UAVs include one showing a Lockheed Martin Hellfire missile launched by a second platform during its terminal flight phase.

The USA deploys armed General Atomics Aeronautical Systems International MQ-1 Predator and Northrop RQ-5 Hunter UAVs in Afghanistan and Iraq, carrying Hellfire and Northrop Viper Strike missiles, respectively.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Israel; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: armsbuild; drone; heron; iai; israel; miltech; missile; spike; uav; uavs
Image Hosted by ImageShack.us

Image Hosted by ImageShack.us The SPike-ER

1 posted on 08/07/2006 9:05:05 AM PDT by sukhoi-30mki
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: sukhoi-30mki

I love the sound of terrorists going splat in the morning...


2 posted on 08/07/2006 9:10:37 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Bring your press credentials to Qana, for the world's most convincing terrorist street theater.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: sukhoi-30mki

"during its terminal flight phase"

Does that mean they just crash, or do the come back to the home base?


3 posted on 08/07/2006 9:11:27 AM PDT by RoadTest (Destruction is easy, a moron's domain; creation takes labor and brains to remain. 9-11-01)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: sukhoi-30mki

bttt


4 posted on 08/07/2006 9:12:35 AM PDT by Dark Skies
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: DoughtyOne

Smells like...bacon


5 posted on 08/07/2006 9:16:08 AM PDT by ryan71
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: ryan71

...bacobits perhaps...


6 posted on 08/07/2006 9:20:24 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Bring your press credentials to Qana, for the world's most convincing terrorist street theater.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: sukhoi-30mki

Looks like a TOW.


7 posted on 08/07/2006 9:20:39 AM PDT by FReepaholic (This tagline could indicate global warming.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: sukhoi-30mki
The Israeli defence ministry has not responded to requests for comment.

How rude! It's just common courtesy to reveal operational details of your weapons systems when engaged in an armed conflict.

Wonder how they're doing on getting a comment from Hezbollah on the manufacuring source and supply routes for their missiles?

8 posted on 08/07/2006 9:20:49 AM PDT by siunevada (If we learn nothing from history, what's the point of having one? - Peggy Hill)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: FReepaholic

It is a slimmer TOW missile, designed to kill terrorist targets with the least amount of collateral damage. Two Spikes can be put on a pylon that normally carries one TOW missile.


9 posted on 08/07/2006 9:33:00 AM PDT by Fee (`+Great powers never let minor allies dictate who, where and when they must fight.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: RoadTest

That phrase is referring to the terminal attack phase of the Hellfire missile being monitored by the Heron drone.The Heron returns 2 base.There is a photo of it in the original article I didn't post.


10 posted on 08/07/2006 10:03:35 AM PDT by sukhoi-30mki
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: RoadTest
Image Hosted by ImageShack.us
11 posted on 08/07/2006 10:06:45 AM PDT by sukhoi-30mki
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: dennisw; Cachelot; Nix 2; veronica; Catspaw; knighthawk; Alouette; Optimist; weikel; Lent; GregB; ..
If you'd like to be on this middle east/political ping list, please FR mail me.

High volume. Articles on Israel can also be found by clicking on the Topic or Keyword Israel. also

2006israelwar or WOT

..................

12 posted on 08/07/2006 10:43:51 AM PDT by SJackson (The PilgrimsóDoing the jobs Native Americans wouldn't do!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: sukhoi-30mki

What's that?


13 posted on 08/07/2006 11:02:29 AM PDT by RoadTest (Destruction is easy, a moron's domain; creation takes labor and brains to remain. 9-11-01)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: RoadTest

The circled object is the Hellfire missile.The image is taken by the Heron drone.


14 posted on 08/07/2006 7:38:05 PM PDT by sukhoi-30mki
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: sukhoi-30mki

"The circled object is the Hellfire missile.The image is taken by the Heron drone."

Thanks!


15 posted on 08/08/2006 4:26:39 AM PDT by RoadTest (Destruction is easy, a moron's domain; creation takes labor and brains to remain. 9-11-01)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: sukhoi-30mki

These could really help the Israeli's as they can be used for search and destroy missions against Hezzbolah targets.


16 posted on 08/08/2006 5:07:37 PM PDT by kindred ( Ro.5:6For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson