Unmanned Hizbullah Drone Shot Down by IAF

The Israel Air Force shot down an unmanned Hizbullah drone over Israeli territorial waters on Monday evening near the Krayot suburbs north of Haifa.

Hana Levi Julian, | updated: 22:38

Israel Air Force Brig.-Gen. Locker said that the drone was picked up early by a northern radar station and was downed northwest of Haifa.

According to a Channel 10 TV report, the drone (also known as “pilot-less aircraft, or PAC”) shot down by the IAF was carrying 45 kilograms of explosives. Air force officials denied the report and insisted the drone was not carrying explosives.

The IDF has been waiting for such an opportunity, said a source quoted by Army Radio. The terrorist organization sent drones over Israeli airspace twice in the past year, with both returning to Lebanese territory unharmed.

Israel often uses PACs to gather intelligence and check progress of IDF troops during battles with terrorists. Hizbullah sent its first unmanned drone, the “Mirsad 1” over Israeli territory two years ago, in November 2004.

"You can load the Mirsad plane with a quantity of explosives ranging from 40 to 50 kilos [88-110 lbs –ed.] and send it to its target," said Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah in Nov. 2004. "Do you want a power plant, water plant, military base? Anything!"