Israeli Air Force Successfully Intercepts UAV With Patriot Missile

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An Israeli Air Force F-16 departs on a combat mission during the Blue Flag exercise on Uvda Air Force Base, Israel Nov. 27, 2013. Aircraft from the 492nd Fighter Squadron deployed to participate in the exercise, which promoted improved operational capability, combat effectiveness, understanding and cooperation between the U.S., Israel, Greece, and Italy. The unit engaged multiple heavy air defense assets, ground base targets and simulated opposition forces to meet combined operations requirements. (Official U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Lee Osberry/Released)

The Israeli Air Force successfully intercepted an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) with a Patriot missile during a test of an air defense system meant to counter new threats.

The interception was part of a larger exercise planned in advance for 2017, according to the IDF.

Lt. Col. Raz Nahum, an IDF Patriot battalion commander, said, “During the course of the training exercise, several Patriot missiles were fired at targets designated as threats. This drill is a direct continuation of attempts in recent years to violate the sovereignty of the state of Israel.”

“There is no doubt that after the drill we conducted we improved the awareness of our personnel and the effectiveness of the system,” he added.

The Patriot missile defense system was first given to Israel by the U.S. in 1991 to defend against Iraqi SCUD missiles during the first Gulf War. Today, Patriot is still considered the most advanced air defense system for countering threats from ballistic missile programs like the one belonging to Iran.

(JNS.org)

{Matzav.com}

8 COMMENTS

  1. There is so much wrong with this article. Where to begin?

    The picture has nothing to do with the article.

    Patriot is a poor choice of weapon against a UAV, form the standpoint of cost exchange at the margin.

    “Patriot is still considered the most advanced air defense system for countering threats from ballistic missile programs like the one belonging to Iran.” An air defense system is not a ballistic missile defense system. Israel learned that lesson in the Gulf War.

    Patriot is NOT the most advanced … system for countering ballistic missiles. Arrow and THAAD are more capable systems.

    • And yet the Beis Hamikdosh was destroyed twice! How many rabbis have died while learning torah? Where their no torah learners in prewar europe? A few machine gun lessons would not have hurt!

      • how many armed Zionists soldiers have died while patrolling, and if they killed the attacked theyd go to jail, ever heard of elor azaria? The torah is the ikur the army is not only the toful it is assur.

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