Pentagon: Iran Creating "Suicide" Drones that Threaten Israel, U.S. Navy

(Washington Times) Rowan Scarborough - Iran has placed an emphasis on putting attack drones into the sky, including "suicide" aircraft that increase risks for Israel and U.S. ships in the Persian Gulf, according to a new analysis from the U.S. Army's Foreign Military Studies Office at Fort Leavenworth. Iran also is sharing new drone technologies with Hamas and Hizbullah, the Army study says. In February, Hamas launched three Ababil-3 reconnaissance drones into Israeli airspace and then pulled them back once Israeli air defense fighters were launched. Iranian-designed drones also have penetrated Israel in the north from Lebanon. Air Force Lt. Gen. (ret.) Thomas McInerney said drones in sufficient numbers could inflict damage similar to Japanese kamikazes in World War II. "Even absent explosives, an Iranian willingness to collide drones with helicopters and jet fighters could hamper routine naval and army aviation along the borders of Iran," noted Michael Rubin, a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute.

2015-04-13 00:00:00

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