Is Hamas' Military Drone Tech Improving?



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NEWS DESK | Israel’s military shot down a drone that originated from the Gaza Strip, one that looked more complicated than the others that have come over the Israel-Gaza border. Is the Strip’s weaponized drone tech improving? Our Daniel Tsemach reports.


Israeli Defense Forces said on Monday that soldiers shot down a drone originating from the Gaza Strip over Israeli territory.

“A short while ago, IDF troops identified a UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) crossing from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory,” the military said in a statement.

“In response, soldiers shot down the UAV and confiscated the device for further examination.”

The drone was reportedly shot down near Kibbutz Zikim, located near the northern perimeter of the coastal enclave.

The UAV was identified flying in the area around 10am Monday morning, with the IDF falling the device shortly thereafter.

Last month, Israel and the Gaza-based Islamist group Hamas struck a truce after weeks of escalating tensions over the launch of dozens of incendiary balloons into Israel and clashes between Palestinians and the IDF during protests.

The agreement for calm was apparently mediated by Egypt and UN officials and later confirmed by Israeli security sources.

Last year, a drone from the Gaza Strip equipped with explosive materials was shot down over Israeli territory, causing alarm among security officials.


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  4. Håkan Petersson on August 21, 2020 at 11:05 am

    Every time we hear (overblown) stories of how Hamas are improving their military capabilities, rest assured this coincides with plans to soon unleash a military onslaught on the hapless palestinians.

  5. Hua Sheng Tang on August 21, 2020 at 11:07 am

    I have another idea for an anti-drone weapon:

    Take an existing ATGM, like the Spike NLOS, and remove the guidance system.

    This way, it’ll have a much larger airburst warhead for more explosive power.

    If incoming kamikaze UAVs are detected, about a dozen or so of these anti-drone missiles will be launched and vectored towards the incoming drones. Their bigger warheads will knock down and blind several drones.

    It’ll be like WWII air defense, where radar will direct several AAAs to unleash a massive flak barrage in front of incoming aircraft.

    Without a guidance system, anti-drone missiles will be much cheaper than most regular missiles. This is important, as enemies can simply buy COTS drones used by hobbyists and install warheads onto them, so kamikaze drones will be common threats on future battlefields.

    Anti-drone missiles will allow the deployment of large airburst warheads to counter kamikaze drones without the need for a large, heavy, complex and expensive gun.

  6. Rolando Sierra on August 21, 2020 at 11:11 am

    l hope they have,rs

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