Israeli general talks for first time about using armed drones
IOF Artillery Corps Commander Brigadier-General Neri Horowitz reveals that drones have been used against Palestinians across Palestine, and explained that the UAV IOF brigade is set to expand.
"Israel" revealed on Wednesday what has been a known fact for the past two decades: that it has employed drones not just for surveillance but also for targeted attacks against Palestinian resistance fighters in Gaza and possibly even far-off targets including Iran or Sudan.
Israeli censors authorized the publishing of information regarding the armed drones in July, and the chief of "Israel's" artillery corps—which operates the drones alongside the air force—used his appearance at an industrial gathering to delivering what he billed as a first public account of the armed versions of the unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV).
On how "Israel" targets Palestinians
According to IOF Artillery Corps Commander Brigadier-General Neri Horowitz at the annual UVID DroneTech conference, armed drones not only provided "Israel" more firepower but also enabled the swift identification and strike against targets such as in the Gaza strip open-air prison.
Horowitz said that a drone attack in May 2012 eliminated Palestinian resistance fighters who had crossed from Egypt into occupied Palestine.
"We have the same use here," he remarked, after showing video evidence of Ukrainian forces employing drones to guide shelling of advancing Russian troops.
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Female-run killer drones corps
According to Horowitz, "Israel" is expanding its drone forces, and noted that at the moment, 30% of the corps is female.
The commander of Palmachin Airbase, Brigadier-General Omri Dor, also stated at the conference that drones now make up 80% of the Israeli military's operational flying hours.
It is worth noting that manufacturers of armed drones are still not allowed to advertise them, though, and none of their models were on show during the convention.
A sales representative for Elbit, a major arms manufacturer explained that "there are information security concerns" as to why drones remain unadvertised.
Drone exports are nonetheless common overseas, notably among Arab nations that have normalized with "Israel," according to Economy Minister Orna Barbivai. However, the Barbivai would not say if such shipments included drones.