Israeli drone was shot down over Lebanon, possibly a terrorist attack
DAMASCUS, (BM) – The Israel Defense Forces reported on Sunday about the crash of a small unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in southern Lebanon, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing the Army press service statement.
“Some time ago, during operational activities near the border with Lebanon, an Israeli army drone fell on Lebanese territory,” the statement said.
“There is no risk of information leakage,” the army press service said.
Sources so far cannot objectively assess the current situation, because according to some sources, the drone was shot down by the Lebanese military, according to others – by members of the Hezbollah organization, and according to the third – the IDF drone landed in the zone of influence of electronic countermeasures deployed in Syria and therefore having lost contact with the command post and fell.
However, noteworthy is the fact that the Israeli military associates this loss with some technical malfunction, which may well indicate that the drone was shot down by an electronic warfare system.
One of the versions of why the Israeli military drone generally ended up in the airspace of a neighboring state, recognized, in contrast to the territories of the Golan Heights and Palestine occupied by the Jewish state, is the IDF’s fears that the Hezbollah organization may arrange an act of retaliation for the death of its member in Syria during the last terror of Netanyahu.
Armenian army shot down an Israeli-made Hermes 900 UAV
During the new round of the Armenian-Azerbaijani confrontation, the new Israeli drone Elbit Hermes 900 was shot down for the first time on its history, BulgarianMilitary.com reported on July 17 this year.
According to Russian-Israeli blogger Alexander Lapshin, the destruction by the Armenian forces of the unmanned aerial vehicle Elbit Hermes 900 of the Armed Forces of Azerbaijan was the first for the entire operation of this drone.
According to the head of the Armenian single information center Artsrun Hovhannisyan, the aircraft was destroyed using the Osa-AK anti-aircraft missile system.
This is one of the versions of the “Wasp”, adopted in 1975. In total, according to Hovhannisyan, the air defense units of the Armed Forces of Armenia during the conflict destroyed 13 Azerbaijani UAVs.
Elbit Hermes 900 made its first flight in 2009, and began to operate the drone in 2011. The device is designed for reconnaissance and surveillance. The payload mass is up to 350 kilograms.
A few days ago Syrian air defense systems attacked Israeli F-16 fighters over Golan Heights
As we reported on July 21, Syrian air defense systems began attacking Israeli planes and missiles directly over the captured Golan Heights, which was a complete surprise for Tel Aviv.
Several sources report a series of powerful explosions in the airspace of the Golan Heights, occupied by Israel.
We are most likely talking about downed missiles, however, experts do not exclude that the Syrian military could well pursue the goal of shooting down Israeli combat aircraft, in particular, we are talking about F-16 fighters.
No less remarkable is the fact that the Syrian military used the Tor complexes to repel the IDF attack – there is no official confirmation of this, however, experts drew attention to the very unusual flight of anti-aircraft missiles used to intercept targets.
Previously, the Pantsir-S and Buk complexes were used to repel attacks, however, it is obvious that the Syrian military is looking for the best option to counter Israeli aggression.
Then, sources report that it was possible to intercept all 100% of cruise missiles launched from the Golan Heights, however, there are no official statements from Damascus by the current hour.
War in Syria
In February, Turkey lost at least 62 troops killed in Syria, nearly 100 soldiers were wounded, dozens of Turkish armored vehicles were destroyed and more than ten drones, including drone, were shot down. Washington has repeatedly accused Moscow of involvement in the deaths of Turkish soldiers, Russia rejects these allegations.
In early March, the presidents of Russia and Turkey, Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, concluded an agreement according to which a ceasefire came into force in the Idlib de-escalation zone.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad later said that if the US and Turkish military did not leave the country, Damascus would be able to use force.
The reason for the Russian-Turkish negotiations was a sharp aggravation of the situation in Idlib, where in January a large-scale offensive by the Syrian army against the positions of the armed opposition and terrorists began.
Government forces recaptured nearly half of the Idlib de-escalation zone and left behind a number of Turkish observation posts. After that, Ankara sharply increased its military contingent in the region and launched the operation “Spring Shield” to push the Syrian troops. Turkey is also supported by militants loyal to it.
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