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Experts: IDF may have hit the Iranian «clone» a us drone stealth

On the night of February 10, IDF air force was shot down over Israeli territory a drone is of Iranian origin, who arrived from Syria.

Press-service of army of defense of Israel published a video, which was shown as an Iranian UAV was shot down over Israeli territory and then was attacked by the mobile station control on the plane.

Later, the army’s press service has published photos from the crash site of an Iranian unmanned aircraft.

From these pictures it is difficult to clearly determine the type of the downed UAV. However, experts are inclined to believe that over Israeli territory was hit by an Iranian «clone» a us drone stealth RQ-170 Sentinel.

Opinion of experts

One of the leading Russian experts in the field of unmanned aircraft, the chief editor of the site UAV.ru Denis Fedutinov told the editorial NEWSru.co.il: «At the beginning of the shown video can be seen an apparatus made according to the scheme «flying wing». Demonstrated by the staff, unfortunately, impossible to estimate the overall dimensions of the aircraft. First, in this context, of course, I remember the Iranian clone of the American UAV RQ-170 Sentinel. However, we also can talk about some other UAV smaller dimension».

The publication Times of Israel quotes the opinions of several other experts.

Expert website Aviationist Michael Cruikshank believes that the video the IDF shows the UAV Iranian Saeqeh («thunderbolt»). Under this name the Iranian military industry produced several aircraft, including «clones» RQ-170 Sentinel.

Tal Inbar, an Israeli aviation expert at the Institute Fischer, agree with this version, but notes that at the video or photos provided by the IDF, it is difficult to call a specific version of the downed Iranian drone.

Iranian «clones» of the UAV stealth RQ-170 Sentinel

October 1, 2016, the Islamic revolutionary guard Corps (IRGC) has presented an unmanned aerial vehicle developed on the basis of the us drone that came into the hands of the Iranian military in 2011. It was also announced that serial production of such UAVs.

Designed by Iranian specialists and strike UAVs Saeqeh is reminiscent of an American spy drone RQ-170 Sentinel. In the Iranian version of the drone can carry up to four missiles. Tehran claimed that it is a «smart missiles» capable of striking targets at great distance with high accuracy.

«Demonstrated UAV like RQ-170, made by the scheme «flying wing», but the new drone has significantly smaller weight and dimensions. Given the personnel, I believe that its takeoff weight is several hundred pounds. That is, it is rather a «classmate» of UAVs Corax BAE Systems, and not Sentinel, then said edition NEWSru.co.il a Russian expert Denis Fedutinov. – The device carries a gun (2 packages of 2 units), which, apparently, are controlled bomb local production. In this case a UAV, apparently, has no chassis, and then performs a takeoff with the help of boosters and landing using a parachute. In this regard, the idea of placing the arms directly under the wing seems somewhat odd given the difficulties during landing. In addition, it is not completely correlated with existing claims to low visibility».

In autumn 2013 the command of the IRGC declared that the Iranian engineers have created an exact copy of unmanned reconnaissance aircraft RQ-170. 11 may 2014 this UAV, along with other drones the «domestic production» was shown to the Supreme leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. After that, Iranian media reported that Tehran now has unmanned aircraft invisible, able to carry out long reconnaissance mission and strike at enemy ships. For clarity, in the showroom space Agency, the IRGC was then exhibited two UAVs: the us RQ-170 captured by Iran in December 2011, and its replica, created by Iranian specialists. In the same room was shown the Iranian UAV «Shahed-129» and «Shahed-125» (the Iranian military claimed that these unmanned aircraft able to stay aloft for up to 24 hours and travel up to 2.000 km). In addition, the exhibition was presented to the Iranian radar systems, missile defence, anti-ship missiles, etc., the Press service of the IRGC emphasizes that these weapons – made in Iran.

Iranian news Agency Fars wrote in 2014 that a copy of the American UAV RQ-170 will be used by the Iranian military against American ships in the Persian Gulf. If the American RQ-170 is only a reconnaissance aircraft, its Iranian copy, as claimed Fars, may also act as a shock UAV bomber or UAV»bomber».

The capture of the Iranians RQ-170 Sentinel

American unmanned stealth bomber RQ-170 Sentinel was lost in December 2011, about 200 km from the Afghan-Iranian border. The Iranians claimed that they were able to understand the design and to produce «copies» of this UAV in less than six months after the incident. This statement was then made by General Amir-Ali Hajizadeh, the commander of aerospace forces of the IRGC.

The American military claimed that the RQ-170 could not be hit by the Iranians: the reason for his «soft landing» in Iran was a technical fault. In favor of this version testified to the excellent condition of the UAV. In response, the Iranians have put forward a new version: supposedly they are specialists in electronic war managed to hack into a computer system RQ-170 and «force» it to land.

The statement by General Amir-Ali Hajizade about the ability of Iran copy RQ-170 experts were called ridiculous. In the West believe that Iran has neither the technology nor the equipment nor the expertise for the production of RQ-170 Sentinel. In addition, the RQ-170 is not only the drone, but also a complex control. One instance of the UAV stealth RQ-170 Sentinel is worth about $ 6 million. It is not designed for missile strikes, and its use as a «plane-bombs» are ineffective and not meaningful.

Iran repeatedly declared the achievements of its engineers in the field of unmanned aircraft. But still the Iranians have spent only a few real operations using UAVs. One such operation was the penetration of the Iranian drone spy plane in Israeli airspace from the Mediterranean sea in October 2012 (the UAV that apparently was launched from Lebanese territory). In addition, in the summer of 2006 Hizbullah launched into Israel several unmanned «aircraft bombs» in Iran that were destroyed by the Israeli air force.

In recent years, the Iranian UAV was used extensively in the fighting in Syria against armed groups, opposition to the regime of Bashar al-Assad.

The events on the Syrian-Israeli border 10 Feb 2018

On the night of February 10, IDF air force was shot down over Israeli territory a drone is of Iranian origin, who arrived from Syria.

The head of staff of the Israeli air force, Brigadier General Tomer Bar, said that Iranian-made UAVs launched into Israel from Syria, held over Israeli territory not more than one and a half minutes, after which he was shot down, according to broadcaster «Sieves». Bar said that this is the first time that Iranian drone crossed the Israeli border, but the UAV passed over Israeli territory so little time, I did not manage to cause any damage.

Shortly after this incident, the Israeli air force attacked military targets in Syria. Syrian air defenses opened fire. One of the planes F-16i «Sufa» fell in Israeli territory, near the houses in the village Harduf in the Jezreel valley. Two pilots managed to eject, they survived and was taken to hospital. One of the pilots seriously injured. What was the cause of the crash was not reported.

«The operational headquarters of the allies of Syria» (OSSS), unifying the command of Iranian forces and «Hezbollah» in the Syrian territory, said the Russian state Agency RIA Novosti that the Israeli aircraft attacked the drones, based at the airbase T-4 in HOMS province.

According to this source, these UAVs (in Iran) were destroyed. Accurate information about damages is not given.

OSS, claims that the IDF destroyed drones that were used «to gather information to fight terrorist groups and primarily against IG, in the interests of the Syrian army.»

Military airbase, Ties (T-4), located to the West of Palmyra in HOMS province, is the largest in Syria. She repeatedly used for deployment of aircraft carrying out attacks on opposition forces during the civil war in Syria (2011-2018). On the territory of the base of the Iranian «Islamic revolutionary guard Corps» has created a special hangars for unmanned aircraft. There are based Syrian warplanes MiG-25, su-24 and su-22.

The representative of the press service of the IDF Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Conicus said that the attack by the Israeli air force was struck by the 12 Syrian and Iranian military installations.

Syrian state news Agency SANA reported that the air defense forces of the regular army of Syria attacked the Israeli planes. The report reveals that the actions of the Syrian air defense was affected in more than one plane. Agency SANA announced that the Israeli planes early on Saturday morning attacked a military base in Central Syria. Damascus ties together the actions of the us military against the forces of the regime of Bashar al-Assad and the Israeli air force, blaming the USA and Israel of support of Islamic state and other terrorist organizations.

Lebanese TV channel «al-Mayadin» associated with Hezbollah, reports that on the morning of Saturday, February 10, Syrian air defenses mobilized against Israeli aircraft, anti-aircraft missile system s-200 Russian production. According to this channel, in repelling an air RAID on a military base in HOMS province on Israeli aircraft were fired 10 missiles.

Due to hostilities on the Israeli-Syrian border for a short time was suspended departures of civilian aircraft from the international airport named Ben-Gurion. In addition, several flights arriving to Israel for a short time detained in the sky over the Mediterranean sea. Currently, the airport Ben Gurion closed on schedule, as usual.

In connection with the difficult situation near the border with Syria was suspended civil flights over the Northern areas of Israel. Airspace was temporarily closed North of the village Shfaim (North of Herzliya).

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Experts: IDF may have hit the Iranian «clone» a us drone stealth 11.02.2018

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