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Hizbollah UAV Downed  
User currently offlineAlessandro From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (8 years 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 2601 times:

A F16 downed a Hizbollah UAV over Israel, Hizbollah has twice sent UAVs over Israel. Anyone knows if IAF lost any UAVs over Lebanon?

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User currently offlineOD720 From Lebanon, joined Feb 2003, 1924 posts, RR: 32
Reply 1, posted (8 years 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 2592 times:

Quoting Alessandro (Thread starter):
Anyone knows if IAF lost any UAVs over Lebanon?

They have lost a few over the years. But if you mean this conflict since July 12th, they have lost only 2 so far.
The one lost over the Barouk mountains was said to be due to a malfunction and was not shot down.


User currently offlineAlessandro From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (8 years 3 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2569 times:

Thanks for the info, I think one was lost during Operation Grapes of Wrath
over Lebanon?
I think this is the first Hizbollah UAV lost over Israel, seem like it was shot down over the Mediterrean sea, 10 km off shore.

[Edited 2006-08-08 13:59:26]

User currently offlinePADSpot From Germany, joined Jan 2005, 1676 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (8 years 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 2452 times:

What kind of UAV do they use? Anything sophiticated? For what purpose do they use it?

User currently offlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12138 posts, RR: 51
Reply 4, posted (8 years 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 2169 times:

Quoting PADSpot (Reply 3):
What kind of UAV do they use? Anything sophiticated? For what purpose do they use it?

It is thought that Hizbollah has gotten several UAVs from Iran, and Iranina AF crews are actually "flying" these UAVs. This one, is thought to have had a 90lb (41kg) warhead and heading for Tel Aviv.

A few weeks ago, another UAV scored a hit on an Isreali Navy FFG, damaging it, but did not sink it. IIRC, 4 Isreali Sailors were killed.


User currently offlineAlessandro From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (8 years 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2137 times:

KC135, I thought it was later confirmed as a Silkworm missle not a drone that hit the ship?
BTW its back in service.


User currently offlinePADSpot From Germany, joined Jan 2005, 1676 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (8 years 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2083 times:

Quoting Alessandro (Reply 5):
KC135, I thought it was later confirmed as a Silkworm missle not a drone that hit the ship?
BTW its back in service.

It wasn't a Silkworm. It was a Iranian C802, which is basically a chinese mixed copy of a French Exocet and a US Harpoon. Comparing it to a Silkworm is like comparing a stone-age made sling-shot with a sniper rifle.

It could have easily sunk the corvette, but apparantly it struck too high in helicopter deck or the warhead did not explode. The four casualties are really sad, but a 200 and something kilogramm warhead could cut a ship of that size in half and would cause much more casualties than four. The damage that could be seen on the outside of the ship was minor ...

Most people on the ship, aside the four who perished, had a really lucky day ...


User currently offlineAlessandro From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (8 years 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2083 times:

Thanks for the info, PAD. Another 2 UAVs has been shot down over Israel, both Iranian made.

User currently offlineOD720 From Lebanon, joined Feb 2003, 1924 posts, RR: 32
Reply 8, posted (8 years 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 2071 times:

This is the missile used from Wikipedia:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C-802

Still we don't know the damage it caused to the corvette. I don't think any photos were released by the Israelis so far.


User currently offlineAlessandro From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (8 years 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2060 times:

Well, the ship was put back to service so the damage couldnt been that grave
?


User currently offlineLY744 From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 5536 posts, RR: 10
Reply 10, posted (8 years 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 1909 times:

Quoting OD720 (Reply 8):
Still we don't know the damage it caused to the corvette. I don't think any photos were released by the Israelis so far.

Pictures and video were shown. It had a small (maybe 50-75cm diameter) hole on the starboard side right above the waterline, with some burn marks around it. The hole was directly below the helicopter hangar, which explains why two of the four crew members killed were Israeli air force personnel. They were mechanics supporting chopper operations on the ship (Israel's 5 Dauphin helicopters are operated by the Air Force on behalf of the Navy).

I'm not sure of the details but it's been said that it was a complete fluke that the damage was not far more extensive. As we know, the second missile launched that night SUNK a freighter.


LY744.



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User currently offlineATCT From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 2287 posts, RR: 38
Reply 11, posted (8 years 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1869 times:

RIP to the four brave sailors.

By Severn shore we learn Navy's stern call:
Faith, courage, service true With honor over, honor over all



ATCT



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