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Israel unveils new drone fleet that can reach Iran

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    ByaseL JF-Expert Member

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    TEL NOF AIR FORCE BASE, Israel –

    Israel's air force on Sunday introduced a fleet of huge pilotless planes that can remain in the air for a full day and could fly as far as the Persian Gulf, putting rival Iran within its range.

    The Heron TP drones have a wingspan of 86 feet (26 meters), making them the size of Boeing 737 passenger jets and the largest unmanned aircraft in Israel's military. The planes can fly at least 20 consecutive hours and are primarily used for surveillance and carrying diverse payloads.

    At the fleet's inauguration ceremony at a sprawling air base in central Israel, the drone dwarfed an F-15 fighter jet parked beside it. The unmanned plane resembles its predecessor, the Heron, but can fly higher, reaching an altitude of more than 40,000 feet (12,000 meters), and remain in the air longer.
    "With the inauguration of the Heron TP, we are realizing the air force's dream," said Brig. Gen. Amikam Norkin, commander of the base that will operate the drones. "The Heron TP is a technological and operational breakthrough."
    The commander of Israel's air force, Maj. Gen. Ido Nehushtan, said the aircraft "has the potential to be able to conduct new missions down the line as they become relevant."

    Israel's military refused to say how large the new fleet is or whether the planes were designed for use against Iran, but stressed it was versatile and could adapt to new missions. The plane's maker, state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries, has said it is capable of reaching the Persian Gulf, which would put Iran within its range.

    Israeli defense officials said the Heron TP could be a useful tool against Iran. It could provide surveillance, jam enemy communications and connect ground control and manned air force planes.

    The officials requested anonymity because they were discussing sensitive military technology.]

    Israel considers Iran a strategic threat because of its nuclear program, long-range missiles and repeated references by its leaders to the Jewish state's destruction.
    Israel has hinted at the possibility of a military strike against Iran if world pressure does not halt Tehran's nuclear program. Israel and the U.S. believe Iran is trying to build nuclear weapons; Iran says its program is for peaceful purposes.
    In past conflicts, various types and sizes of unmanned planes have been used in missions like long-range surveillance and attacking enemy targets with guided missiles in conflicts like Iraq and Afghanistan, where anti-aircraft systems are rudimentary.

    They have proven much less successful in conflicts where the opponents possessed better anti-aircraft weapons.

    During NATO's aerial onslaught against Serbia in 1999, for example, Serbian quickly forces shot down 42 U.S. drones, drastically reducing the effectiveness of the bombing campaign.

    "We are aware of the dangers such an aircraft can meet in the battlefield, and we do whatever we can to protect it," said air force Lt. Col. Eyal.
    Eyal, whose last name was not disclosed in line with military guidelines, would not comment on how the plane could protect itself from anti-aircraft systems.
    Israeli defense analyst Shlomo Brom, a retired general and security expert at Tel Aviv University's Institute for National Security Studies, called the new drone a breakthrough.

    "Its staying power and the height it can reach means it is able to cover ground continuously and it is able to cover large territory," he said.

    Israel's military was the first to make widespread use of drones in its 1982 invasion of Lebanon, according to Mark Daly, an expert on unmanned aircraft at Jane's defense publications in London.
    Israeli companies are considered world leaders in drone technology and now export unmanned aircraft to a number of armies, including U.S.-led forces that have used them in Iraq and Afghanistan.
     
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    Ndahani JF-Expert Member

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    Hii habari ya kujaza silaha kwenye planet yetu ni habari mbaya kabisa...ujue kuna vishawishi.Kuna siku tunapata vishawishi vya kuzitumia hizo silaha. Madhara yatakuwa ya nani/
     
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    Tumain JF-Expert Member

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    Na walianzishe hii vita na iran waache propaganda please
     
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    Tumanini,namwomba Allah atupatia uwezo wa kisayansi tuunde na sisi Drone yetu moja ,au manowari moja ,inaweza kufukuza mapirate kwenye pwani yetu ya mashariki maana wasomali wanaoperate
     
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    mnyikungu JF-Expert Member

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    huku kwetu vkuna mganga amegundua dawa ya kuwakamata wachawi, hi hi hiiiiiiiii! kweli tutafika.
     
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    Ab-Titchaz Content Manager Staff Member

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    The pandora's box was opened on June 6th 1945 when the Atomic bombs were
    unleashed on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. All war mongerers and lovers of human
    suffering looked at it as a must have item. "If only I could lay my hands on such, I
    could change the course of history"...There begun the arms race.

    Kwa hivyo katika hali ya sasa kila nchi yenye uwezo inatafuta jinsi ya kupata
    advantage in military posturing.

    Vita kati ya Iran na 'ulimwengu' vitaanzia hapa...and that day is coming.
     
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    bona JF-Expert Member

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    we should all confront all nations that develop and build wepons of mass destruction, the war doctrine should sorely remain on using convectional weapons, assault riffles specifically! needless to say we should thrive to see to it there is no war in the world, we wish to have ideal world!
     
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    Kutengeza misilaha ni dalili kwamba USTAARABU bado sana chini ya jua.
     
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    For sure Vita ya kati Islamic republic of Iran na Washirika wa Israel iko njia moja - tusubiri kidogo tu baada ya kutoka Afghanistan!
     
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    Bon Senior Member

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    Duh!! look at these words;
    "The Heron TP is a technological and operational breakthrough."
    It has the potential to be able to conduct new missions down the line as they become relevant."


     
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    Bongolander JF-Expert Member

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    Mkuu umenena. Baada ya Afaghnstan, lakini je watatokaje huko Afghanstan, watasafisha kweli au watahamia Pakistan ambako nako kuna mwiba mkali.

    Ukumbuke kuwa hatua moja nzuri ya Israel ni Dubai hit, lakini inasemekana kabla jamaa hajauawa alipeleka vitu sophisticated huko Gaza, na kuiweka Israel kwenye angle nzuri ya Iran. So tayari Iran iko upenuni mwa Israel. Itakuwa kivumbi kama ujinga mwingine wa vita ukianza, lakini the fact is Nuclear Iran is a nightmare for the world.
     
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