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Israel’s MALE UAVs ‘must adapt’ to Iranian-made air defences

10th April 2024 - 10:15 GMT | by Arie Egozi in Tel Aviv


A Hermes 900 MALE UAV was shot down while flying over southern Lebanon in March. (Photo: Elbit Systems)

Advancements in air defence technologies have begun to reshape aerial combat dynamics in the Middle East, as illustrated by recent events involving the Israeli Air Force and Hezbollah.

The increased capabilities of Iranian-made air defence systems used by Hezbollah in Lebanon has immediately changed the way the Israeli Air Force (IAF) operates its Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) UAVs over Lebanon.

In March, Hezbollah air defence units shot down an Elbit Systems’ Hermes 900 MALE UAV while flying over southern Lebanon.

Israeli experts told Shephard that Hezbollah used the Iranian-made 358 missile, also known as Saqr (Hawk) in Yemen, or SA-67 system.

According to a report by Yair Ramati and Yaakov Lappin, defence analysts for the website of the Israeli Alma Research and Education Center, the 358 missile

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Arie Egozi


Arie Egozi

Born in Israel, Arie Egozi served in the IDF and holds a political science and …

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