Hizbullah UAV Airstrip Revealed

(IHS Jane's Defence Weekly) Nicholas Blanford - Hizbullah has constructed an airstrip in Lebanon's northern Bekaa Valley for its unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), an analysis of satellite images suggests. Hizbullah sources have confirmed that it is using UAVs to support operations against rebel forces in Syria, particularly over the mountainous Qalamoun region on Lebanon's eastern border. Hizbullah has operated UAVs from Lebanese airspace since at least November 2004, when it dispatched one for a brief reconnaissance mission over northern Israel. It then attempted to fly at least three UAVs into Israel during the July-August 2006 war. Hizbullah said it was responsible for an Iranian-made UAV that was shot down over Israel on Oct. 6, 2012.

2015-04-27 00:00:00

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