January 18, 2019

IDF: Captured Iranian Drone Was Set to Hit Israel with Explosives

The Israel Defense Force (IDF) announced on April 13 that an Iranian drone that breached Israel in February was on its way to attack Israel with explosives.

The IDF tweeted that the drone “was armed with explosives & was tasked to attack Israel.”

“By intercepting the Iranian UAV, IAF combat helicopters prevented the attack Iran had hoped to carry out in Israel,” the IDF wrote. “The UAV was identified & tracked by Israeli defense systems until its destruction, effectively eliminating any threat the Iranian UAV posed.”

Here is video footage of the drone being captured:

According to YNet News, Iran claimed that the drone had “advanced intelligence gathering systems for electronic signals, images, communications and radar systems.”

The Iranian drone is eerily similar to a United States drone that Iran captured in 2011. The Obama administration meekly asked for Iran to return it, a request that was naturally shot down by the Iranian regime.

Back in February, Israel responded to Iran sending the drone by launching a flurry of 122 airstrikes against the Iranians in Syria. An Israeli F-16 was shot down by the Syrian Army, although the pilots survived.

“We dealt severe blows to the Iranian and Syrian forces,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu defiantly said at the time. “We made it unequivocally clear to everyone that our rules of action have not changed one bit. We will continue to strike at every attempt to strike at us.”