Israel shoots down an unknown drone.

#3
I'd imagine the drone to be of a decent size if they decided to shoot it down with jets rather than air-to-ground. There are quite a few states and non-government actors capable of launching drones from ships so there's a narrow field although not exactly a smoking gun.

Hell, it might even be the Yanks looking to find out if they're being told the God's Honest. Satellites are a bit obvious and far too easily trackable for deniable surveillance after all.
 
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syledis

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#5
Unknown drone?

Are you sure it wasnt Tropper on a commercial flight telling war stories to the passenger in the next seat?
 
#6
Didn't Iran claim recently to have their own drones?
 
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Mr_Tigger

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#7
The drone launched from Lebanon. It then flew in international airspace over the med before turning east over the Gaza Strip to disguise its provenance. It was being tracked from launch but only shot down when it got over a largely uninhabited forest for obvious reasons.
 
#8
Could it be the Turks keeping an eye on what the Syrians are up to? Nowadays it could be anyone as the technology for the simplest of applications is relatively available, I mean even the local plod around our way are using drones for surveillance duties.
 
#10
Didn't Iran claim recently to have their own drones?
The ones Hezbollah have deployed of late were supposedly sourced to Iran, but how much of that is spin I couldn't say. The Iranians are certainly technically proficient enough to field them and I can't see any reason why they wouldn't give HB the fruits.
 
#11
Well it launched and flew away from Syria the whole time so I would guess not.
Hezbollah have launched drones in the past - not very good mind.
 
#15
As I understand it from here, a military response was an option being weighed up by the govt / General Staff.
A bit late for that. They shot it down! I'd call that a military response dont you think?
 
#16
A bit late for that. They shot it down! I'd call that a military response dont you think?
The downing of the drone was to stop it from completing it's mission / being recovered by those who sent it. That is not a response (in this part of the world anyway). It is not a first, there have been other similar incidents in the past.
 
#17
The downing of the drone was to stop it from completing it's mission / being recovered by those who sent it. That is not a response (in this part of the world anyway). It is not a first, there have been other similar incidents in the past.
The previous Hezbollah drones were a sort of fire and forget reconnaissance drone, working along the lines of the US military during the Vietnam war - reconnaissance by fire. These were very distressing to those targetted, much like the Londoners assaulted by V1 rockets, but they needed work on the guidance system.

If this drone had any form of camera to watch the ground in real time, I would support the IDF General Staff in bringing it down, as they may have assumed it was going to be used as a much-improved suicide-drone or be equipped with a missile(s). I would consider it a very worrying improvement. Be interesting to know if there was any payload or missile-suspension hooks on board. Fortunately, there would only be a limited number of places to launch it from, in a place as crowded as Gaza, and it must have an easily-recognised radar signature. I would have thought Syria would have more pressing things on their plate than provoking the Israelis.
 
#18
The downing of the drone was to stop it from completing it's mission / being recovered by those who sent it. That is not a response (in this part of the world anyway). It is not a first, there have been other similar incidents in the past.
So does that mean Hizbollah are also justified in a military response when Israeli drones cross into Lebanese airspace?
 
#20
So does that mean Hizbollah are also justified in a military response when Israeli drones cross into Lebanese airspace?
I had'nt realised that Hezbolla were appointed to safeguard Lebanese sovereign airspace and that would be the job of the sovereign Lebanese govt. In a development since the drone incident the IAF did respond with mock air raids into Lebanese airspace as a show of strength.

However, as the previous poster stated Hez "can have a go as they like".
 

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