An analyst says that an Israel bewildered by the recent Hezbollah drone yet more dreads the prospect that Iran or Hezbollah would develop military unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to confront Tel Aviv.
“The fear of Israelis is that these UAVs, Iran or Hezbollah can develop them to become combat UAVs meaning [having] the capability of launching missiles or themselves being used as guided missiles against targets in Israel. So personally, I think we will see it more in any future conflict between Hezbollah and Israel,” CEO and founder of the Institute for Near East and Gulf Military Analysis (INEGMA), Riad Kahwaji said in a Press TV interview.
The Dubai-based military expert noted that unmanned aircraft were formerly used extensively by Tel Aviv in all its recent wars including Israel’s 2006 war against Lebanon but now Hezbollah has also ‘entered the battle’ so it is very likely that we would see UAVs being used in the Hezbollah-Israeli conflict particularly in intelligence gathering operations.
Hezbollah Secretary-General Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah confirmed on Thursday that the Lebanese resistance movement had sent the drone into the Israeli airspace.
The operation code-named Hussein Ayub saw Hezbollah’s drone fly hundreds of kilometers into the Israeli airspace and get very close to Dimona nuclear plant without being detected by advanced Israeli and US radars, Nasrallah said, adding, "This is only part of our capabilities."
Security experts warned the Israeli politicians and military officials that if the UAV had been dispatched to launch a surprise military strike, Israel would have been a sitting duck for the interloper.