Israel grounds drone fleet after crash

Israel grounds drone fleet after crash

Remote-controlled surveillance aircraft deliberately downed due to engine malfunction. Israelís military grounded a fleet of high-altitude surveillance drones on Sunday after one was downed over the Mediterranean Sea.

The military said it intentionally crashed the unmanned aircraft late Saturday because of a malfunction. The IAF Heron-1 UAV was downed by the air force after its controllers discovered an engine failure. The failure was discovered during a routine flight over the Mediterranean, off the coast of Netanya.

The IDFís Spokesmanís Office said the army shot down the drone fearing it would crash into a populated area. Local residents reported seeing helicopters searching the area by the light of flares in an effort to locate remains from the crash.

The military did not say how many aircraft were grounded, but the planes will stay down during an investigation.

The Israeli-made Heron-1 is one of the most advanced UAVs in the world. It can remain airborne for more than two days without requiring refueling, gathering intelligence from high altitudes. Last year, a larger Heron TP drone crashed on a routine flight.

Source: The Times of Israel News and AP- 12 May 2013

Photo: The Israeli Air Force Heron unmanned drone aircraft for surveillance missions flies during a display, March 7, 2007 (Photo by AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)



American Air Force News
African Air Force News
Asian Air Force News
European Air Force News
Middle Eastern AF News
Ocean Air Force News

• RAFO Gets First of 12 Eurofighter Typhoons

The Royal Air Force of Oman has received the first part of a batch of 12 of Eurofighter Typhoon combat jets scheduled to be delivered to the country, BAE Systems announced in a new...>>

• Typhoons in the Desert: Kuwait Purchases 28 Eurofighter Jets

Kuwait and Italy's Finmeccanica industrial group have signed a contract for the purchase of 28 Eurofighter Typhoon fighter jets....>>

• Egypt Receives Second Of Four Type 209 Submarines From TKMS

Egypt has received a new Type 209 submarine S41 from German shipbuilder ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems at the Ras al-Tin base Wednesday....>>

• 6 Training and Simulation Systems for Aerial Platforms

Blending combat experience with todayís innovative simulation technologies, Elbit Systems offers operational and tactical, virtual and embedded trainers and simulators to leading a...>>

• IAF F-35A Jets Canít Fly Safely in Thunderstorms, Lightning

The F-35 stealth fighter jet reportedly still has a problem flying in thunder and lightning storms, despite Lockheed having promised to implement a modification to repair the probl...>>

• Iskander missile launcher spotted in Syria

Russia has deployed at least one Iskander missile system to its Humaymim Air Base in Syria, although it is unclear if it is the ballistic or cruise missile variant....>>

• Finmeccanica signs a contract to supply 28 Eurofighter Typhoon to Kuwait

Finmeccanica signs a contract to supply 28 Eurofighter Typhoon to Kuwait following an agreement between the government of the State of Kuwait and the government of the Republic of ...>>


       info@xairforces.net Webmaster: REFLX DESIGN - © 2011 xairforces / Aviation Society,