On October 6, Israeli press claimed Israeli Air force shot down an Iranian or Russian made unarmed drone thirty kilometers away from the Dimona nuclear facility, the source of Israel’s nuclear bombs. According to Israeli military sources, the drone entered Israeli skies coming in from the southern Mediterranean Sea. The aircraft is believed to have been on a reconnaissance mission to gather intelligence and identify weaknesses in Israel’s defenses. Israeli lawmakers have called it an act of aggression by Lebanon. As a retaliatory action, the Zionist regime sent fighter jets into Lebanese airspace to scare Lebanese civilians.
However, Hizbullah has not taken the credit for this great achievement. But this event has opened up the possibility of the future use of drones carrying explosives in order to launch attacks. Such a tactic is considered one of the main military tactics in modern day warfare and is Washington’s preferred means in targeting the freedom-fighters in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Somalia.
Hizbullah leader Sheikh Nasrallah did warn the Zionist regime in September that if attacked Hizbullah could bomb the Dimona nuclear facility.
This is not the first time Israel has claimed such achievement. In December 2010, CNN had reported that Israeli Air Force shot down an unidentified flying object over the Dimona nuclear plant in the Negev Desert. However, later, the Zionist regime admitted that the flying object could have been a party balloon – but the Israeli airforce was put on red-alert as Iranian President Ahmadinejad had visited Lebanon a few months earlier.
In September 2004, Israel’s most circulated English daily Ha’aretz had reported that an “Iranian-made Hizbullah drone had spent about five minutes in space over Israel”, without being detected by the Israel Air Force.
Iran unveiled its first armed drones in 2010 and has since continued to develop that technology. It has reportedly also benefitted from reverse-engineering US drones that it captured when they overflew Iranian air space.
Earlier this month Iran announced the launch of a new drone with a range of 2,000 kilometers, armed with missiles. US reports allege that Iranian drones have practiced bombing runs that could be used against Dimona or Haifa.