“Prepared Around the Clock”: A foreign UAV, attempting to infiltrate Israeli air space, has been identified and intercepted by IAF aircraft today over northern skies
The Unmanned Aerial Vehicle had been identified in the afternoon hours above the northern part of the country, attempting to infiltrate Israeli air space from the direction of the Lebanese shore. At approximately 2:00 pm, the UAV was identified in Lebanese territory and combat planes and helicopters were sent to its direction. IAF Commander, Major General Amir Eshel, then approved the interception of the UAV above the sea at 6,000 feet above sea level. The UAV was brought down approximately five miles away from the Haifa shore by an F-16 combat aircraft. IDF forces are now scanning the area in order to retrieve vestiges of the UAV.
Six months ago, on October 6th 2012, a UAV was identified and intercepted above the Negev area, by an IAF F-16I. The force had also dealt with the threat of UAVs in the year 2006 at the end of that year’s Lebanon War, when two IAF planes brought down two Ababil UAVs operated by the Hizbollah.
The IAF is prepared around the clock for this sort of scenario: control units and interception squadrons are consistently prepared to defend the borders of the State of Israel.