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.
Alessandro From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 2628 times:
Thanks for the info, I think one was lost during Operation Grapes of Wrath
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.
PADSpot From Germany, joined Jan 2005, 1676 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2142 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 ...
LY744 From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 5536 posts, RR: 9
Reply 10, posted (8 years 4 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 1968 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.